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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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Sandy's Heroes Win Health Benefits

November 14, 2012 Many of the part-time disaster assistance employees deployed in response to Superstorm Sandy have been working without the benefit of federal health insurance coverage. Last week that changed, as we reported. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday made the change official with the publication of an interim final rule...

MSPB targets paychecks of managers who don’t comply with its decisions

November 13, 2012 The most significant regulations update in the history of the Merit Systems Protection Board went into effect Tuesday, with the goal of ensuring that federal agencies enforce its rulings. The independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal employees, expanded its authority to crack down on agencies that fall out...

Issa holds out hope for postal reform this Congress

November 12, 2012 This story has been updated. A top House Republican remains optimistic that the lame-duck session of Congress will approve a comprehensive reform of the U.S. Postal Service. A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Government Executive that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman is hopeful Congress will work...

Vets face delays in receiving benefits due to lack of records

November 12, 2012 The U.S. military has done an inadequate job of maintaining field records from activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, according on a joint investigative report from ProPublica and Seattle Times, increasing the difficulty for many veterans to receive benefits upon their return. The report pointed to U.S. Central Command in Iraq...

Part-time FEMA workers now eligible for health care benefits

November 9, 2012 Part-time emergency employees deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have won federal health benefits, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim final rule, obtained by Government Executive, to expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to part-time workers with...

TSA workers ratify first labor contract

November 9, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration employees ratified their first ever collective bargaining agreement Friday, according to a federal union. TSA negotiated with the American Federation of Government Employees and reached a tentative agreement on the agency’s first every labor contract in August. “AFGE is proud that TSA workers finally have a...

Holder weighing second term as attorney general

November 8, 2012 Eric Holder may not remain in his position as attorney general for a second term, the nation’s top prosecutor told a law school audience Thursday, according to CBS News. “[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do?”...

Union matches donations to federal Sandy victims

November 8, 2012 A federal employees union will match donations up to $25,000 to assist workers affected by Superstorm Sandy, the group has announced. The donations will go to employees at agencies represented the National Treasury Employees Union, the largest independent federal union. NTEU will match donations made to its fund at the...

Feds still responding to Sandy as next storm hits

November 7, 2012 This story has been updated. The federal government continued to boost its support this week to areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, even as it braced for another storm on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $250 million in assistance to 277,000 individuals for housing and other...

GOP lawmakers say ‘thousands’ of military votes will not be counted

November 6, 2012 Several Republican lawmakers have voiced concern about the system members of the military use to vote, claiming the slow mail process will cause thousands of ballots to not be counted. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John McCain, R-Ariz., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter...