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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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A Forced 4-Day Weekend for 1 in 20 Feds

May 24, 2013 Several federal agencies have shuttered their doors Friday, opting to take departmentwide furlough days to reach the cuts required by sequestration. The Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development Department, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Management and Budget have forced all their employees to simultaneously take unpaid leave....

Older Feds Less Likely to Use Strengths at Work

May 24, 2013 Young federal employees are more likely than older federal employees to use their strengths in the workplace, according to a new study. Eighty-five percent of feds age 18 to 29 “use their strength to do what they do best every day,” while only 77 percent of workers age 65 and...

Americans Still Like the Postal Service

May 23, 2013 Nearly all Internet-enabled Americans would feel the impact of the elimination of the U.S. Postal Service, according to a recent survey, though only about half would be significantly impacted. The online survey, conducted by the USPS inspector general’s office, found Americans poorly educated about the details of the nation’s mailing...

Obama to Nominate Katherine Archuleta as OPM Director

May 23, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama will nominate former campaign staffer and Labor Department official Katherine Archuleta to head the Office of Personnel Management, the White House has announced. Archuleta has vast experience in federal government, most recently serving as chief of staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She...

House Panel Backs Greater Oversight of Union Workers with Federal Salaries

May 22, 2013 A bill to require more transparency in the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- cleared a House oversight committee Wednesday. The legislation -- H.R. 568, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. -- calls for the Office...

Pentagon to Exempt Sexual Assault Prevention Workers from Furloughs

May 22, 2013 This story has been updated. The Pentagon will spare civilian sexual assault prevention personnel from mandatory furloughs this year, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reached the decision after the recent arrests of multiple personnel working in sexual assault prevention offices for domestic disputes and sexual...

Feds Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 21, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama told Oklahomans they would "have all the resources they need" as they begin recovery efforts from a series of tornadoes that claimed the lives of several dozen people. Obama declared a disaster in the state, freeing up federal funding and resources to assist...

The Furloughs That Never Came

May 20, 2013 As recently as February, just weeks before sequestration was set to go into effect, nearly every Cabinet-level department had issued warnings of the need to furlough employees in fiscal 2013 due to the across-the-board cuts. With the fiscal year more than halfway over, however, the number of agencies and department...

More Feds Invest in Lifecycle Retirement Funds

May 20, 2013 Nearly 50,000 federal employees have begun investing their retirement savings into lifecycle plans in 2013, appeasing Thrift Savings Plan officials who have long encouraged participants to enroll in the hybrid funds. In January alone, TSP participants transferred $1.5 billion from equity funds to the L funds, which invest in a...

Unions Want FAA to Make Up for Unnecessary Furloughs

May 17, 2013 This story has been updated. Multiple unions representing employees at the Federal Aviation Administration are filing grievances with the agency, attempting to receive paid time off to make up for unnecessary furloughs some employees were forced to take. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association -- which represents 20,000 members --...