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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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USPS Has Achieved Just a Fraction of Its Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery

September 19, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is not realizing the savings it projected when it slowed mail delivery and closed facilities, according to a new audit, which also found the mailing agency was struggling to meet its new standards. USPS said when it virtually eliminated overnight mail while shifting much of its...

Treasury, Union Reach Accord on Review Process That Will Likely Lead to Pay Cuts

September 8, 2016 A newly formed component of the Treasury Department is looking to ensure all of its employees are necessary and properly compensated, and the union representing its employees is fighting to ensure they receive adequate protections throughout the process. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service began a Position Management Review in...

Lawmakers Demand Action on VA Overhaul Without Laying Out Clear Path Forward

September 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers vowed to take action based on a report recommending an overhaul of the way the Veterans Affairs Department delivers health care, despite expressing deep concerns with some of the proposals and acknowledging some of the changes would take years to implement. Several members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee...

Trump Revives Familiar Plan to Cut Federal Workforce

September 7, 2016 Donald Trump on Wednesday brought back a familiar Republican proposal to achieve deficit reduction: federal employee attrition. In a speech laying out his agenda to devote more resources to the military and defense-related programs, Trump said allowing civilian federal workers to leave without hiring replacements would help fund a build-up...

Lawmakers Demand Action on VA Overhaul Without Laying Out Clear Path Forward

September 7, 2016 Lawmakers vowed to take action based on a report recommending an overhaul of the way the Veterans Affairs Department delivers health care, despite expressing deep concerns with some of the proposals and acknowledging some of the changes would take years to implement. Several members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee...

DHS Exposes Thousands of Individuals' Private Information -- Including Feds, Golfers and Priests

September 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Customs and Border Protection released the personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of individuals to dozens of federal agencies during an investigation of cheating on polygraph tests. CBP violated some aspects of the Privacy Act in distributing the information across government, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general...

DHS Exposes Thousands of Individuals' Private Information -- Including Feds, Golfers and Priests

September 6, 2016 Customs and Border Protection released the personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, of thousands of individuals to dozens of federal agencies during an investigation of cheating on polygraph tests. CBP violated some aspects of the Privacy Act in distributing the information across government, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general...

Obama Accepts Most of Panel’s VA Health Reform Proposals, but Rejects Core Changes

September 2, 2016 President Obama has committed to more Veterans Affairs Department reforms, though he rejected several of the core principles of change that a congressionally-chartered commission proposed to better deliver private sector health options to VA care recipients. Overall, Obama told congressional leadership he agreed with 15 of the Commission on Care’s...

Democrats Want Short-Term Spending Bill to Stave Off Shutdown

September 1, 2016 Federal agencies could be heading for yet another short-term, stopgap measure to start off the fiscal year in October, as signaled by the Democratic leader in the Senate on Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters his party would accept a continuing resolution through Christmas, but not into...

Watchdog: The ‘Window’ Into Government Performance Is Pretty Cloudy

August 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is the Obama administration meeting its own performance goals? There’s no way to know, because the website supposed to track and report progress isn’t doing so in a meaningful way, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. According to GAO, the Performance.gov website, which is “intended to...