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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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Obama’s Budget Targets COLAs, Federal Retirement Benefits

April 5, 2013 President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal will include a less generous formula for calculating federal retirees’ cost of living adjustments, and ask federal employees to make higher contributions to their retirement pensions, a senior Obama administration official has informed members of Congress. The official said Obama would agree to a chained...

More Officials Dock Their Pay in Solidarity With Feds

April 4, 2013 A growing cast of lawmakers and public officials exempt from sequestration cuts have announced they will take voluntary pay cuts in solidarity with federal employees facing mandatory furloughs. Secretary of State John Kerry joined the ranks of Cabinet secretaries to forfeit salary Thursday, with the State Department announcing he will...

Deciding Who Gets Furloughed Is a Sticky Wicket

April 4, 2013 Congress has asked the Pentagon to shoulder about half the spending cuts resulting from sequestration, more than $40 billion, in the remainder of fiscal 2013. For months, the Defense Department has been wrestling with how and where to implement the cuts. Budget leaders were given some extra flexibility recently, when...

Beleaguered Feds Likely to Lose Personnel Chief Within Two Weeks

April 2, 2013 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry’s term expires in less than two weeks, and he is expected to announce his departure from OPM soon, Government Executive has learned. His exit would come just as federal employees at a number of agencies start to feel the effects of sequestration, including...

Help Wanted Assessing Costs and Benefits of Five-Day Mail Delivery

April 2, 2013 The Postal Regulatory Commission is seeking help to analyze the costs and contribution of discontinuing Saturday mail delivery. PRC issued two requests for proposals Monday looking for a commercial partner to assist in evaluating costs and savings in ending delivery of flat mail on Saturdays while continuing six-day package delivery,...

It’s Official: Furloughs at Customs and Border Protection Postponed

April 1, 2013 Customs and Border Protection is postponing all furloughs and is not eliminating overtime for now, an agency spokeswoman told Government Executive on Monday. While CBP had originally planned to furlough all 60,000 members of its workforce due to across-the-board spending cuts from sequestration, the agency gained flexibility from the stopgap...

Across-the-Board Gains for TSP Funds in March

April 1, 2013 Every investment fund in the Thrift Savings Plan experienced gains in March, with most funds improving upon their previous month’s performance. The S Fund -- which is invested in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index -- continued to have the strongest 2013, gaining 4.69...

Keeping the Mail Relevant

April 1, 2013 Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop the U.S. Postal Service, its creed reads. Nor can massively declining mail volume, though the agency will have to get more creative to survive, says Paul Vogel, outgoing president of digital solutions. “The Postal Service needs to re-brand,”...

USPS Should Charge More Where It Can, Report Says

March 29, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service should make better use of the pricing flexibility it already has to compensate for declining mail volumes, according to the Postal Regulatory Commission. PRC released its Annual Compliance Determination Thursday, evaluating USPS’ pricing and performance. While the Postal Service has neglected opportunities to grow revenue, the...

Furlough Reprieve at Customs and Border Protection?

March 29, 2013 Customs and Border Protection is “weighing its options” regarding the necessity of furloughs this fiscal year, according to union officials involved in negotiations. CBP had previously planned to furlough all 60,000 of its employees due to the across-the-board spending cuts from sequestration. Shawn Moran, a spokesman for the National Border...