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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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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...

Feds pitch in to help colleagues affected by hurricane

September 26, 2012 On the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund website, three words are prominently featured front and center: “Feds helping feds!” After the devastation of Hurricane Isaac left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, the nonprofit organization is helping federal workers do just that. FEEA -- established to assist federal employees...

Army chief hospitalized after Alexandria, Va., bike accident

September 26, 2012 Army Secretary John McHugh has been hospitalized due to injuries from a bike accident Monday, according to the Associated Press. The injury is not considered serious. An Army spokesman said McHugh is “resting comfortably” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and expects to return to work soon. Details of...

White House to government contractors: Stop human trafficking

September 25, 2012 This story has been updated with comment from the White House. President Obama has issued an executive order to increase oversight that prevents human trafficking resulting from government contracts, the White House announced Tuesday. The policy will seek to strengthen existing laws against government contracts going to companies involved in...

Federal agencies recognized for ‘bright ideas’

September 25, 2012 A top university has recognized a dozen federal agencies for their “unique and creative solutions to some of nation’s most difficult challenges.” The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government acclaimed the federal agencies, along with scores of local governments, as part...

TSA officers begin voting on first labor contract Oct. 1

September 24, 2012 Transportation Security Administration officers will begin voting on their first-ever labor contract Oct. 1, according to the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE and TSA reached a tentative agreement on the contract in August. The security officers will have until Nov. 2 to cast their vote. “This agreement will also...

Investigator confirms misconduct by Secret Service personnel in Colombia

September 21, 2012 A Homeland Security Department investigator confirmed in a letter sent to lawmakers that 13 Secret Service personnel were involved in “personal encounters with Colombian female nationals” prior to a presidential trip to Colombia in April. Charles Edwards, DHS’ acting inspector general, wrote the findings are part of an ongoing investigation...

OPM announces deadline for revamped postgrad program

September 21, 2012 The newly remodeled program to recruit recent graduates to federal service will be accepting applications starting Nov. 5 and remain open for two weeks, according to an approximate timeline the Office of Personnel Management has released. The Presidential Management Fellows program was overhauled in May as part of the wholesale...

USPS to Floridians: Stop crashing into our buildings

September 21, 2012 When a driver in Punta Gorda, Fla., slammed a car into the front of the local post office, it was the last straw for the U.S. Postal Service. It was the eighth such incident this year in Central Florida alone, according to WWSB, the local ABC affiliate. In response, USPS...

Two Justice officials forced out by Fast and Furious report

September 20, 2012 Two Justice Department officials have stepped down in the wake of a report issued Wednesday detailing the agency-wide failures involved in the Fast and Furious operation, according to a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder. Kenneth Melson, the former acting director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,...