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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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February 1, 2013 The Midas Touch High-tech arm helps veteran amputees regain fine motor skills. New technology reminiscent of the robotics in the iconic Star Wars movies is coming to life through the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Since 2006, DARPA has conducted research at the Defense and...

Federal managers retain wrong employees, feds say

January 31, 2013 Federal employees worry their agencies are allowing their best employees to leave public service while retaining poor performers, according to a new report. Less than a quarter of federal workers believe their organization “addresses poor performers effectively,” the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a workforce survey. Only 41 percent...

Servicewomen’s health care needs mostly met, report finds

January 30, 2013 The Defense Department is providing adequate health care for servicewomen preparing for deployment as well as those already deployed, according to new reports. Most military assessments of medical readiness are gender neutral, the Government Accountability Office found, though some are specific to women. For example, the Pentagon considers pregnancy and...

Alleged TSA favoritism and hostile work environment under probe

January 30, 2013 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will launch an evaluation of the Transportation Security Administration’s work environment after complaints of hostility and poor management, EEOC announced. The federal anti-discrimination agency will conduct its own investigation following an October report from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. DHS is TSA’s parent agency....

LaHood to step down as Transportation secretary

January 29, 2013 Ray LaHood will not serve a second term in President Obama’s Cabinet, the Transportation secretary announced Tuesday. LaHood, one of the few Republicans in Obama’s Cabinet, said he will stay in his position until his successor is confirmed. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the department,...

Federal employee unions see large membership boost in last decade

January 29, 2013 Most federal-employee unions have seen dramatic increases in their memberships since 2000, according to a Washington Post report. In the field of public administration -- which includes finance, public safety and congressional agencies -- union membership is up more than 7 percent to 271,000 employees. About 340,000 are represented by...

Clinton calls for ‘more leeway’ in disciplining employees

January 25, 2013 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her hands were tied by federal regulations as she contemplated disciplinary actions for department officials who were negligent in preventing attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, according to congressional testimony. At the House hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack that left...

Lew would enter Treasury with lower net worth than predecessors

January 25, 2013 President Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, would enter the office among the least wealthy of his recent predecessors, CNN has reported. Lew, whose Senate confirmation hearings have not yet been scheduled but is considered likely to be confirmed, is worth between $748,000 and $1.7 million according to financial...

Navy orders layoffs of thousands of temps, issues civilian hiring freeze

January 25, 2013 The chief of U.S. Navy operations has directed top officers to begin implementing budget cuts, including laying off thousands of temporary employees, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Adm. Jonathan Greenert told flag officers and top executives the cuts should include reducing base operations and “preparing to cancel” maintenance work on about...

DFAS issues hiring freeze, says furloughs possible

January 24, 2013 The Pentagon’s financial and accounting office will institute a hiring freeze and other spending cuts to adapt to Defense’s shrinking budget, according to Federal Times. As sequestration looms -- automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 should lawmakers fail to reach an alternative compromise -- the Defense...