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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 1981-1990 of 2009

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...

NASA offers buyouts to Goddard employees

July 9, 2012 NASA will offer buyouts or early retirement packages to 117 employees at Goddard Space Flight Center, according to Federal News Radio. A majority of the offers will go to employees in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate. The Greenbelt, Md., workers will have until July 20 to accept the proposal, after...

Navy revamps sexual assault training

July 6, 2012 The Navy has instituted new measures that require every service member to undergo anti-sexual assault training by the end of the year, according to Federal News Radio. Under the program, known as Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, specialized teams will visit more than 100 sites to provide training, Navy officials...