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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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Feds gain time on financial disclosure requirements

August 3, 2012 Amid heavy backlash, Congress has pushed back by one month the deadline for federal executives to provide personal financial information for a public database, as required by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. The extension from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30 came after the American Civil Liberties Union, in...

Government’s hired cars should be as green as its own, group says

August 3, 2012 The federal government could save $7 billion annually by adopting stricter fuel regulations for its contracted automotive fleet, a clean energy advocacy group report concludes. The report by the American Clean Skies Foundation suggests extending the purview of existing regulations for government-owned or -leased vehicles, dictated by an executive order...

GSA launches consolidated acquisition database

August 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration has launched an online database that will eventually consolidate nine different procurement lists into one, publicly searchable location. The database, the System for Award Management, went live Monday and included the Central Contractor Registration -- the government’s primary supplier database -- the Online Representations and Certifications...

OMB to agencies: We’ll help you plan for sequestration, but we hope it doesn’t happen

August 1, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget will begin “holding discussions” with federal agencies on steps to take in the event of sequestration, according to a memo sent Tuesday. OMB acting Director Jeffrey Zients wrote in the instructions that sequestration -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal agencies set to take place...

Around Government

August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch...

Social media plays a growing role in open source intelligence, experts say

July 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Analysts increasingly are turning to social media forums such as Facebook and Twitter to gather valuable information that can be used to help predict social, cultural and political shifts, and events before they might otherwise be apparent, intelligence community veterans Tuesday said at a panel discussion on open-source intelligence hosted...

Army sergeant wins gold in London

July 31, 2012 Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock defended his skeet shooting crown Tuesday, becoming the first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the sport in Olympic history. The 23-year-old Georgia native successfully shot 148 of the 150 clay targets he saw over the three-day competition. Hancock also won gold in Beijing in...

Report suggests sweeping changes to CFC

July 30, 2012 A commission headed by two former congressmen has recommended two dozen improvements to the federal employees’ annual charity campaign, according to a new report. The commission, launched in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign, suggested widening the donor base by including retirees and contractors, using online...

Amazon cloud services provide enormous savings, company says

July 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon touted its Web services in a new self-commissioned study, which found organizations receive huge return on their investments in the company’s cloud computing service. The report -- conducted by IDC, an industry analyst -- comes on the heels of a study by CSC, a major government IT vendor, that...

Education faces major cuts and furloughs, secretary says

July 26, 2012 Sequestration likely would lead the Education Department to furlough “many” employees, the department’s secretary told Federal News Radio. Secretary Arne Duncan said he did not know the exact number of furloughs to expect, but he added the automatic cuts included in the 2011 Budget Control Act could come at the...