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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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Corruption persists at Customs and Border Protection

January 4, 2013 Nearly 150 Customs and Border Protection officers were arrested or indicted for corruption over the last eight years, a new report has found. A majority of the officers were stationed along the Southwest border, the Government Accountability Office determined. An additional 2,170 were arrested for misconduct in the same time...

New Congress pledges action on postal reform

January 3, 2013 A bipartisan, bicameral coalition of lawmakers has called for a redoubled effort on U.S. Postal Service reform in the new Congress, saying Democrats and Republicans made major strides toward finding common ground over the last two years. While the Senate and House failed to strike a deal in the recently...

Ethics office issues inauguration warnings to feds

January 3, 2013 Federal employees can participate in inaugural activities so long as they are not receiving special treatment due to their position, the government’s ethics watchdog agency has announced. Members of the federal workforce can take advantage of any Inauguration-related events -- including the Inaugural Parade, Inaugural Balls, receptions, dinners and fundraisers...

House oversight panel streamlines subcommittees

January 2, 2013 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is consolidating two of its subpanels, chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced Wednesday. The new Subcommittee on Government Operations will combine most of the purview of the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management with that of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information...

TSP funds round out 2012 with modest gains

January 2, 2013 Nearly every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan experienced modest gains in December. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, continued to be the strongest performer, rising 4.02 percent in December and 18.62 percent for 2012. The F Fund, invested in fixed income bonds, was the only plan to...

USPS must pay for retirees now or later, GAO says

December 28, 2012 Legislators must choose between short-term fixes to the U.S. Postal Service and the long-term viability of the agency when addressing the future of retirees’ health benefits, according to a new report. A Government Accountability Office study analyzed several approaches to a prefunding mandate for the benefits, finding cuts to what...

Revolving door still open to Coast Guard top officers, senior execs, GAO finds

December 28, 2012 More than half of high-ranking officials who left the U.S. Coast Guard in a recent five-year period received payments from companies with contracts from the military branch, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office’s audit found 22 of 39 Coast Guard admirals and Senior Executive Service employees who...

Reported sexual assaults at military academies continue to rise

December 27, 2012 Sexual assault reports at military academies continued to rise in 2012, according to Pentagon officials. There were 80 reports of sexual assault in the 2011-2012, marking a 23 percent increase from the previous academic year. The number has been increasing since 2008. “Every one of these reports represents somebody being...

Obama gives feds Christmas Eve off

December 21, 2012 This story has been updated with background and details. All executive departments and agencies will be closed Christmas Eve, giving federal employees a four-day weekend, President Obama declared Friday in an executive order. Obama allowed for some exceptions to the holiday, where necessary. “The heads of executive branch departments and...

House passes bill requiring feds to pay more for retirement

December 20, 2012 House lawmakers passed legislation requiring spending cuts to accompany Speaker John Boehner’s Plan B tax proposal, including major changes to federal employee retirement plans, before Boehner pulled the Plan B bill from the floor Thursday evening for lack of GOP support. The 2012 Spending Reduction Act, part of the Republican...