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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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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,...

Report clears attorney general, cites 14 others in Fast and Furious operation

September 19, 2012 Investigators within the Justice Department said an agencywide philosophical failure led to the bungled Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, according to a new report that also identified employee misconduct. Justice’s inspector general’s office said the failures were “systemic and not due to the acts of only a few individuals.” The...

Managers warned not to neglect front-line supervisors in tough times

September 19, 2012 In an era when public servants often are treated as the problem instead of the solution, federal managers told colleagues Wednesday to engage their employees in the agency’s mission and to pay attention to front-line supervisors to ensure higher morale. At a panel discussion hosted by the Talent Management Alliance...

High school student uses federal helicopter to get a date

September 18, 2012 High school teens are always looking for new and creative ways to ask potential dates to their formal dances. Usually, however, they involve big signs and beautiful flowers, not a federally owned helicopter. A Prince William County, Va., student used a Customs and Border Protection aircraft last week to drop...

Poll: Fewer Americans think government is ‘doing too much’

September 17, 2012 A majority of Americans said the U.S. government is doing too much, though more are saying it should do more than in recent polls, according to a new survey. The Gallup poll -- released Monday -- found that 54 percent of those surveyed said the government is “doing too many...

Pentagon defends voting assistance efforts

September 14, 2012 A Pentagon official charged with assisting Americans serving abroad to vote told lawmakers her office is operating more effectively than ever, although a recent Defense Department inspector general report still pointed to program shortcomings. Pamela Mitchell, acting director of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, told the House Armed Forces Committee’s...

Chinese tech companies to Congress: We're not spies

September 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Chinese telecommunications companies on Thursday repeatedly denied accusations that they are using their software and equipment to spy on customers for the benefit of the Chinese government. Speaking to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, representatives from Huawei and ZTE told lawmakers that they answer exclusively to their...