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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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House to Unveil Smaller-Scale Postal Reform Proposal ‘Soon’

May 11, 2016 The House will soon release its own proposal to reform the U.S. Postal Service, lawmakers announced at a hearing Wednesday. The package may be smaller in scale than the bill in the Senate with bipartisan support, with leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee saying they were committed...

New Partnership to Give Feds College Discount Will Benefit Both Employees and Agencies

May 10, 2016 Federal employees will soon have a new option for getting college credit for on-the-job training they already have received. Federal agencies will soon be able to craft academic tracks at an accredited college tailor made to plug their skills gaps. Such are the expected benefits of a new partnership between...

USPS Back in the Red Despite Boosting ‘Controllable’ Profit 84 Percent

May 10, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service dipped backed into the red in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 after turning a profit for the first time in five years during the first three months of the fiscal year. The agency posted a net loss of $2 billion in the most recent period....

Is DHS Wasting Millions Paying Investigators It Doesn’t Need?

May 6, 2016 The Homeland Security Department may be wasting millions of dollars annually giving bonus pay to law enforcement officers it does not need, according to a new report. Customs and Border Protection converted 86 percent of its 212 investigative specialists into criminal investigative positions in 2015, which in turn made the...

USPS Has Not Saved as Much as It Expected From Cutting Post Office Hours

May 5, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service has saved less money than it anticipated from its long-term plan to cut hours at post offices across the country, according to a new report, and it has used incomplete and inaccurate information to make its savings estimates. USPS neglected to factor in potential revenue losses...

Here’s How Agencies Across the Federal Government Have Responded to Flint

May 4, 2016 As President Obama visited Flint, Mich., Wednesday, the White House defended the sometimes-criticized federal response to the water crisis that has involved nearly a dozen federal agencies. Republicans in Congress have blamed the Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to adequately warn Flint residents of unsafe levels of contaminants in...

Could OPM's Latest Hiring Initiative Actually Make a Difference?

May 3, 2016 Once again, the Office of Personnel Management thinks it has found the cure for what ails federal hiring. For its recently launched Hiring Excellence campaign, OPM is traveling across the country to work with agency supervisors to teach them how to hire more efficiently and effectively. The divide between human...

OMB to Agencies: Craft Transition Materials, Not New Budget

May 2, 2016 Federal agencies’ budget planners will spend their last months under President Obama preparing for their transition to the next administration rather than crafting funding requests, the president’s top budget official directed in a memorandum last week. OMB Director Shaun Donovan instructed agencies to prepare a “complete current services baseline” rather...

Obama to ‘Selfless’ Feds: I Appreciate You, Even if No One Else Does

May 2, 2016 President Obama wants federal employees to know that even if no one else supports them, he does. In a presidential proclamation formally establishing 2016’s Public Service Recognition Week, the nation’s top federal worker noted the sacrifice of his fellow government employees. He added their jobs are not made easier by...

Obama Issues New Regulation to Ease Federal Hiring of Former Criminals

April 29, 2016 The Obama administration will propose on Monday new regulations prohibiting federal agencies from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. OPM’s proposed rule will -- with certain exceptions -- ban agencies from issuing any forms...

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