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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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FBI agent facing prostitution solicitation charges claims innocence

October 9, 2012 An FBI agent uncover as an arms broker in the Philippines has denied accusations that he used federal funds for prostitutes, AP reported. Federal prosecutors admit the agent, whose name has not been released, sought $15,000 in reimbursements for “entertainment” while posing as a broker for Mexican drug cartels at...

SSA again scales back field office hours

October 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration is cutting back its hours of operation for the second time in as many years, the agency confirmed to Federal Times. Mary Glenn-Croft, deputy commissioner for operations, said in an email to employees that SSA offices will close to customers 30 minutes earlier. The agency also...

AFGE defends taxpayer-funded union activities as ‘fair and effective’

October 3, 2012 A federal employee union defended the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- one day after a column denounced the practice. A Wall Street Journal column Tuesday strongly condemned official time, calling the practice “a ruse for...

VA cited for excessive conference spending and ‘weak’ leadership

October 1, 2012 This story has been updated with additional details. The Veterans Affairs Department spent more than $6 million on two conferences in the summer of 2011, much of which was deemed wasteful and excessive, according to an internal investigation. The report, issued by VA’s inspector general’s office, called the human resources...

GSA not properly tracking its cloud transition, report finds

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is not adequately tracking its goals or monitoring its savings since transitioning to a cloud-based email service, an internal report has found. GSA migrated from Lotus Notes to Google Apps for Government for email in June 2011, expecting to save $15 million within five years. GSA’s...

Around Government

October 1, 2012 A Road Well-Traveled Brenda Wells is the master of the long commute. Her daily five-hour sojourn to and from the State Department involves a drive, a ride on a commuter train, two subway lines and a bus. In May, Wells, won WTOP Radio’s inaugural Commuter Idle contest for having the...

Campaign Season

October 1, 2012 One-stop shop. Social media. Centralized online giving. These are the buzz phrases in a report commissioned in 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign, to modernize a charity drive whose roots trace back to the Eisenhower administration. The CFC-50 Commission, which released its report in July, found donations...

Pentagon tightens oversight of flight reservations

September 28, 2012 The Defense Department will require its employees to receive supervisor approval 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure time for any work-related flight they have reserved, or else the reservation will automatically be canceled, the Pentagon has announced. The change will take effect Oct. 1. It comes after airlines complained...

HHS chief back on campaign trail after violation

September 28, 2012 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will appear at several campaign events for President Obama in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday despite recently facing a citation for violating the Hatch Act, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. The Office of Special Counsel found Sebelius had defied the law...

Agencies not taking steps to avoid redundant IT spending, report finds

September 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are not taking full advantage of technology spending plans that can reduce duplication in government programs, a new study finds. The Government Accountability Office report recommends agencies utilize “enterprise architecture,” which GAO defines as “a blueprint that describes how an organization operates in terms of business processes and...