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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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Debt-ceiling crisis came with hefty bill for taxpayers, report finds

July 24, 2012 Last year’s debt-ceiling crisis has cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1.3 billion, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. On top of that total -- which resulted from an increase in the Treasury Department’s borrowing costs -- Treasury officials were sidetracked from their standard duties and forced...

Key Republican wants to ‘start thinking about’ Washington commuter tax

July 23, 2012 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said last week that he would consider legislation that allows Washington to institute a commuter tax on people who come into the district to work but live in surrounding areas. “I think we should, after the election, start thinking about how we’re going to deal with...

Justice fails to flag contractors with a criminal history

July 23, 2012 The Justice Department is not fulfilling its requirement to update procurement databases with information on contractors with a history of criminal activity, the department’s inspector general has found. The Bureau of Justice Assistance has neglected its responsibility to obtain and update databases with contractors “convicted of fraud or any other...

Census wants its old computers to act like thin clients

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau is looking to the private sector for ideas on how to retrofit its personal computers to access its cloud network, the bureau has announced. Census released a request for information Wednesday asking companies to “provide recommendations for utilizing existing PCs to transition from hardware-based desktops to hardware-based...

Would-be bomber of Capitol and Pentagon pleads guilty

July 20, 2012 A Boston-area native pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges of plotting to fly remote-controlled planes filled with explosives into the U.S. Capitol Building and the Pentagon, according to the Associated Press. Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland, Mass., reached an agreement with prosecutors in which four charges were dropped in...

CSC unveils new federal cloud platform

July 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information technology firm CSC unveiled a new service Thursday designed to quickly deliver secure Web-based infrastructure to federal customers. The new service, BizCloud for Government, will provide agencies with private cloud networks that can be ready to take on mission-critical workloads within 10 weeks, as well as storage in a...

TSA sends small contingent to London for the Olympics

July 18, 2012 The United States will be sending Transportation Security Administration personnel to bolster safety measures in London for the upcoming Olympic Games, according to State Department officials. The announcement comes amid reports that a private company, G4S, hired by the British government, is vastly underperforming with its contract requirements to provide...

Clinton sets secretary of State travel record

July 17, 2012 When Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in Helsinki in late June, she accomplished something no previous secretary of State ever has. Finland was the 99th country Clinton had visited as the nation’s top diplomat, breaking the previous record of 98 held by Madeline Albright, according to the Associated Press. In...

State still short on Foreign Service workers, GAO finds

July 16, 2012 The State Department must update its hiring plans in light of persistent Foreign Service staffing gaps, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. The report found that 28 percent of mid-level positions either were vacant or filled by officers working in positions above their grade. In an investigation...

Agency disputes claim of multimillion-dollar conference

July 16, 2012 Government officials have disputed a lawmaker’s claims of a seven-figure price tag for a conference held near Disney World, according to The Washington Examiner. Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Fla., said last week the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership spent between $3 million and $5 million for an...