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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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Energy Dept. loan program needs more transparency, report says

August 30, 2012 The Energy Department’s inspector general absolved the department’s Loan Program Office of any wrongdoing in contracting law firms, but recommended more transparency in the office’s conflict of interest policy, according to a new report. The IG launched an investigation into Energy’s law firm contracting policies after receiving various anonymous reports...

As Isaac Hits, Agencies Take to Social Media

August 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Please share.” So reads a message on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook page -- an appeal to get 91,000 “friends” to spread a message to Gulf Coast residents facing Hurricane Isaac. In that message, the disaster-response agency was looking to avoid congested phone lines by encouraging residents to alert...

Federal agencies respond to Isaac

August 28, 2012 This story has been updated with details. President Obama told Gulf Coast residents to heed the advice of local officials -- including any calls to evacuate -- in a statement from the White House on Tuesday, spearheading the large-scale efforts under way throughout the federal government in preparation for Hurricane...

USPS receives more time to respond to Northrop Grumman lawsuit

August 27, 2012 For the second time in as many months, a federal claims court has delayed the deadline for the U.S. Postal Service to respond to allegations in a lawsuit that Northrop Grumman Corp. filed against the agency over a contract dispute, according to Federal Times. U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge George...

GSA employee works for Kansas City office, lives in Honolulu

August 24, 2012 While sun, palm trees and the clear waters of Waikiki are only the stuff of daydreams for most Kansas City, Mo.-based federal employees, they are extremely close to home for at least one General Services Administration teleworker. The GSA employee works for a regional office in Kansas City but lives...

Hundreds of DHS employees arrested for laptop thefts, drug smuggling, other crimes

August 23, 2012 Some Homeland Security Department employees have found creative ways to supplement their government salary. A Citizen and Immigration Services worker charged $1,500 to approve citizenship applications. A Customs and Border Patrol agent collected $5,000 to smuggle 30 undocumented aliens across the border. Another officer received $10,000 to let a car...

GSA seeks more savings in travel spending

August 22, 2012 When the General Services Administration announced a freeze on travel reimbursement rates last week, it was just the first step in reducing travel spending by federal employees. The agency is now developing a long-term strategy to calculate per diem rates for federal travelers, and will be consulting with experts through...

Want the federal budget on your iPad? There’s an app for that.

August 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office has announced federally published eBooks will now be available for purchase through Apple. Customers can buy and read titles from Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists are Ripping Off America to the 2013 federal budget on their iPad, iPhone or computer through the iTunes Store application. “GPO is...

White House to agencies: Cut wasteful IT spending, then reinvest in smarter tech

August 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is requiring all agencies to propose budget cuts to reduce information technology spending by 10 percent, according to a guidance released by the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts would come in fiscal 2014, and be calculated based on the average IT spending in fiscals 2010...

Obama tells Defense communities sequestration should be avoided

August 21, 2012 President Obama continued his call for a bipartisan solution to avoid sequestration that couples spending cuts with tax hikes on the nation’s wealthiest in a series of interviews on Monday with local Virginia media outlets. Obama told The Virginia-Pilot, a newspaper based in the Navy-hub town of Norfolk, Va., that...