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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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Tens of thousands of federal retirees collect six-figure pensions

August 15, 2012 More than 21,000 former federal employees are collecting at least $100,000 annually, according to a new report from USA Today. The six-figure pension earners, who will receive the retirement salary for the rest of their lives, worked in positions throughout the federal government. The most common retirees to receive the...

Romney’s proposed budget cuts could be more severe than Ryan’s

August 15, 2012 As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seeks to distance himself from the controversial budget proposal put forth by his recently announced running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, details are emerging of what the former Massachusetts governor’s own plan might entail. “I have my budget plan, as you know, that I've...

Lawmaker calls for investigation into alleged TSA racial profiling

August 14, 2012 Allegations of racial profiling by Transportation Security Administration officers at Logan International Airport in Boston warrant a congressional investigation, according to a lawmaker from Massachusetts. Democratic Rep. Bill Keating has requested a probe into written complaints from TSA personnel who stated their colleagues are targeting Middle Eastern, black, Hispanic and...

Whistleblowers will have a new friend at Justice

August 10, 2012 The Justice Department has created a new position to protect and educate whistleblowers, officials have announced. The whistleblower ombudsman position will be filled by Robert Storch, a former federal prosecutor, and housed in the Justice inspector general’s office. The ombudsman will train employees about the importance of reporting potential misdeeds...

GSA announces new discount airfares for 2013

August 9, 2012 The General Services Administration announced Thursday that it has renegotiated its contracts with airlines offering discounted rates for federal employees flying on business. The fiscal 2013 City Pairs Program will save an estimated $5.9 billion, GSA said. In addition to cheaper fares, the program allows the federal workforce the flexibility...

Defense contractors downsized in good times, report finds

August 8, 2012 The defense industry and Republican lawmakers have for months complained that sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin on Jan. 2, 2013, and expected to hit the Defense Department especially hard -- would devastate private contracting companies, forcing mass layoffs when the economy could least afford them. A new...

It’s official: White House must share sequestration specifics

August 8, 2012 President Obama has signed a law that requires his administration to provide a report to Congress “relating to funding reductions” scheduled to take place on Jan. 2, 2013, as a result of sequestration, the White House announced Tuesday. The law directs Obama to detail within 30 days where the spending...

Defense gives up on another BRAC round, for now

August 7, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday there will be no new base realignment and closures in 2013, despite his push for them earlier in the year, according to Federal News Radio. Speaking at the annual conference for the Association of Defense Communities in Carmel, Calif., Panetta said he still supports...

GOP lawmakers to contractors: Defy Labor Dept., warn employees of sequestration layoffs

August 6, 2012 Republican lawmakers have taken issue with an Obama administration memorandum, arguing the Labor Department’s advisement to defense contractors not to warn employees of potential layoffs due to sequestration is a violation of federal law. The memo, sent out last week, said the layoffs -- due to across-the-board cuts scheduled to...

Many managers don’t know their agencies’ cloud computing budget or goals

August 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology officers view cloud computing as an important part of their agencies’ futures, but specific implementation plans are not yet well known within agency management, an industry report has found. IDC Government Insights found that while 90 percent of more than 400 IT and business managers surveyed said...