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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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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...

Foreign Service officers join STOCK Act resistance

July 16, 2012 The American Foreign Service Association has joined the barrage of opposition to the disclosure requirements included in the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, according to a statement from the group. The Foreign Service members pointed to security risks, including kidnappings and the building of information databases by foreign adversaries,...

Appeals court puts end to Forest Service’s random drug testing

July 13, 2012 A federal appeals court has struck down the Forest Service’s random drug testing policy, reversing a previous decision at the district court level, according to FedSmith. The ruling specifically applied to employees at the Job Corps Conservation Centers that the Forest Service runs. The centers offer vocational training related to...

Congressman joins chorus of concern over STOCK Act provisions

July 12, 2012 A Maryland Democrat has voiced concerns over disclosure requirements for federal workers included in the recently passed Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. In a letter written to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen called himself an “advocate of open and transparent government” and...

Navy rejects benefits for laid-off sailors

July 12, 2012 The Navy has rejected a congressman’s appeal to allow 172 sailors to receive early retirement benefits after being laid off, according to Fox News. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., wrote to the chief of naval personnel on June 11 requesting the involuntary separation date -- set for Sept. 2 -- be...

Some Defense civilians likely to lose jobs, with or without sequestration

July 12, 2012 Looming budget cuts will almost certainly lead to a reduction in the Defense Department’s civilian workforce, according to a Politico report. As Congress looks to avoid sequestration -- automatic budget cuts that are set to kick in Jan. 2, 2013 -- rival plans have emerged from the two chambers of...

Academy aims to get people talking about the budget and other challenges

July 11, 2012 The federal government should work more closely with its state and local partners to address budget shortfalls, the National Academy of Public Administration said Wednesday as part of a series on addressing deficits. The congressionally chartered, independent nonprofit, in partnership with the American Society for Public Administration, made its announcements...

White House official calls for broad regulations on Internet use

July 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House official on Tuesday called for a broad and flexible regulatory framework for Internet use, leaving the specifics of implementation to individual industries. Daniel Weitzner, deputy chief technology officer in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology, spoke at the conservative Hudson Institute, where he pointed to...