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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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Managers warned not to neglect front-line supervisors in tough times

September 19, 2012 In an era when public servants often are treated as the problem instead of the solution, federal managers told colleagues Wednesday to engage their employees in the agency’s mission and to pay attention to front-line supervisors to ensure higher morale. At a panel discussion hosted by the Talent Management Alliance...

High school student uses federal helicopter to get a date

September 18, 2012 High school teens are always looking for new and creative ways to ask potential dates to their formal dances. Usually, however, they involve big signs and beautiful flowers, not a federally owned helicopter. A Prince William County, Va., student used a Customs and Border Protection aircraft last week to drop...

Poll: Fewer Americans think government is ‘doing too much’

September 17, 2012 A majority of Americans said the U.S. government is doing too much, though more are saying it should do more than in recent polls, according to a new survey. The Gallup poll -- released Monday -- found that 54 percent of those surveyed said the government is “doing too many...

Pentagon defends voting assistance efforts

September 14, 2012 A Pentagon official charged with assisting Americans serving abroad to vote told lawmakers her office is operating more effectively than ever, although a recent Defense Department inspector general report still pointed to program shortcomings. Pamela Mitchell, acting director of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, told the House Armed Forces Committee’s...

Chinese tech companies to Congress: We're not spies

September 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Chinese telecommunications companies on Thursday repeatedly denied accusations that they are using their software and equipment to spy on customers for the benefit of the Chinese government. Speaking to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, representatives from Huawei and ZTE told lawmakers that they answer exclusively to their...

HHS chief violated law restricting political activity, OSC finds

September 12, 2012 This story has been updated with comment from the White House. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated a law limiting political activity in the federal workplace when she made off-the-cuff remarks at an official event in February, an independent oversight agency has determined. The Office of Special Counsel...

DHS not properly protecting federal buildings, report finds

September 12, 2012 The Homeland Security Department’s Federal Protective Service is not doing an adequate job assessing and preparing for security risks at government workspaces, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office said FPS -- which has an annual budget of $1.3 billion to protect federal facilities -- is not using...

Defense industry planning pre-sequestration layoff warnings

September 11, 2012 Several of the nation’s largest defense contractors have threatened to issue layoff notices ahead of planned budget cuts despite Obama administration guidance to the contrary, according to correspondence released by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to provide employees 60 days’ notice...

Frequent fliers overwhelmingly dislike TSA, survey finds

September 11, 2012 Most frequent travelers do not approve of the Transportation Security Administration, according to an online survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler. The poll, which targeted only self-identified frequent fliers, found 91 percent thought TSA is doing a fair or poor job with airport security screenings. Seventy-six percent thought the agency...

Want lead with that? Toxic materials found in Navy dining area

September 7, 2012 Federal health inspectors have cited the Navy for exposing hundreds of its personnel to toxic materials at a maintenance facility near San Diego, according to the Associated Press. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found traces of lead, cadmium and beryllium in food storage and dining areas at the Coronado...