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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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GAO to Review White House Sequestration Approach

March 18, 2013 The Government Accountability Office will issue an agency-by-agency review of sequestration planning and implementation, according to Federal News Radio. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., chairman of the House Budget Committee, requested the review in a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro earlier this month. Ryan asked GAO to monitor the Obama...

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Return FERS Surplus to Postal Service

March 15, 2013 Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has proposed a bill to return surplus pension funds to the U.S. Postal Service, saying the move will help the cash-strapped agency meet its financial obligations. The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the...

African Americans Still Face Obstacles in Federal Workplace, Report Finds

March 15, 2013 African Americans still face discrimination and fewer opportunities in the federal workplace, according to a new report. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission work group found unconscious biases, insufficient training and mentoring and outdated recruiting and hiring practices have stymied African Americans in federal government. In 2010, EEOC began asking various...

Unions Bargain for Voluntary Furloughs

March 14, 2013 Federal employee unions are negotiating with agencies across government to allow workers to volunteer to take unpaid leave in the face of sequestration. “We’re getting emails and inquiries from employees who are interested in doing that,” Colleen M Kelley, the National Treasury Employees Union president told Government Executive, adding agencies...

Postal Service Should Consider Larger Role for Private Sector, Report Says

March 14, 2013 An outside proposal to cut the U.S. Postal Service’s operational expenses in half by outsourcing many services to the private sector is worth considering, a non-profit organization said in a report. But many outstanding concerns must first be addressed. The National Academy of Public Administration -- a congressionally chartered, independent...

Not Everyone Hates Sequestration

March 14, 2013 While most in government -- from President Obama to agency heads to front-line workers to lawmakers to contractors -- have decried the across-the-board spending cuts of sequestration, a select few could actually benefit from them. Here are some examples: Premium pay executives: Premium pay is offered to certain federal employees...

Postal Service Turns to Six-Hour Shifts to Reduce Costs

March 13, 2013 Six has been a critical number for the U.S. Postal Service lately. In February, the Postmaster General announced USPS was cutting Saturday mail delivery, going from a six-day to a five-day schedule. The House passed a government funding bill Wednesday that included the rider “six-day delivery…shall continue,” calling into question...

TSA Will Avoid Furloughs for Now, Union Says

March 13, 2013 The Transportation Security Administration will not furlough employees for the time being, a union official said Wednesday. TSA will instead rely on hiring freezes and eliminating overtime hours to meet sequestration cuts, according to Stacy Bodtmann, an American Federation of Government Employees official who represents TSA employees. Sequestration will still...

Union Cries Foul Over Navy’s Furlough Exemptions

March 12, 2013 A union representing federal employees has charged the Navy with circumventing Defense Department guidance and exempting civilian managers from sequestration furloughs, though Navy officials denied any wrongdoing. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers pointed to...

IRS Sees Spike in Feds Who Owe Uncle Sam

March 11, 2013 This story has been updated. Nearly 312,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in back taxes in 2011, according to The Associated Press. The number of tax delinquent feds marks a 12 percent jump from 2010, when 279,000 employees owed $3.4 billion. Feds have a delinquency rate...