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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.
Results 1971-1980 of 2013

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...

OSC on pace for record number of whistleblower disclosures

July 26, 2012 The Office of Special Counsel is projecting a record number of reported incidents from whistleblowers in fiscal 2012, despite a small dip in fiscal 2011, an OSC spokeswoman told Government Executive. Through the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, OSC -- the independent federal agency responsible for investigating...

FDA, contractor pass blame for publishing private emails

July 25, 2012 Amid a pending lawsuit and congressional investigation, agencies and private contractors are pointing fingers over who is to blame for making public confidential correspondences from would-be whistleblowers at the Food and Drug Administration, according to The Washington Post. The emails -- collected as part of an FDA effort to monitor...

Obama touts record on veterans issues

July 25, 2012 In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama pledged as a candidate for president to bring a renewed focus to the nation’s neglected veterans, to reinvest in programs that benefit returning soldiers and to reintroduce them to the American Dream. As the president gears up for reelection he now is trying to convince...

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...