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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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GSA announces new discount airfares for 2013

August 9, 2012 The General Services Administration announced Thursday that it has renegotiated its contracts with airlines offering discounted rates for federal employees flying on business. The fiscal 2013 City Pairs Program will save an estimated $5.9 billion, GSA said. In addition to cheaper fares, the program allows the federal workforce the flexibility...

Defense contractors downsized in good times, report finds

August 8, 2012 The defense industry and Republican lawmakers have for months complained that sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin on Jan. 2, 2013, and expected to hit the Defense Department especially hard -- would devastate private contracting companies, forcing mass layoffs when the economy could least afford them. A new...

It’s official: White House must share sequestration specifics

August 8, 2012 President Obama has signed a law that requires his administration to provide a report to Congress “relating to funding reductions” scheduled to take place on Jan. 2, 2013, as a result of sequestration, the White House announced Tuesday. The law directs Obama to detail within 30 days where the spending...

Defense gives up on another BRAC round, for now

August 7, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday there will be no new base realignment and closures in 2013, despite his push for them earlier in the year, according to Federal News Radio. Speaking at the annual conference for the Association of Defense Communities in Carmel, Calif., Panetta said he still supports...

GOP lawmakers to contractors: Defy Labor Dept., warn employees of sequestration layoffs

August 6, 2012 Republican lawmakers have taken issue with an Obama administration memorandum, arguing the Labor Department’s advisement to defense contractors not to warn employees of potential layoffs due to sequestration is a violation of federal law. The memo, sent out last week, said the layoffs -- due to across-the-board cuts scheduled to...

Many managers don’t know their agencies’ cloud computing budget or goals

August 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology officers view cloud computing as an important part of their agencies’ futures, but specific implementation plans are not yet well known within agency management, an industry report has found. IDC Government Insights found that while 90 percent of more than 400 IT and business managers surveyed said...

Feds gain time on financial disclosure requirements

August 3, 2012 Amid heavy backlash, Congress has pushed back by one month the deadline for federal executives to provide personal financial information for a public database, as required by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. The extension from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30 came after the American Civil Liberties Union, in...

Government’s hired cars should be as green as its own, group says

August 3, 2012 The federal government could save $7 billion annually by adopting stricter fuel regulations for its contracted automotive fleet, a clean energy advocacy group report concludes. The report by the American Clean Skies Foundation suggests extending the purview of existing regulations for government-owned or -leased vehicles, dictated by an executive order...

GSA launches consolidated acquisition database

August 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration has launched an online database that will eventually consolidate nine different procurement lists into one, publicly searchable location. The database, the System for Award Management, went live Monday and included the Central Contractor Registration -- the government’s primary supplier database -- the Online Representations and Certifications...

OMB to agencies: We’ll help you plan for sequestration, but we hope it doesn’t happen

August 1, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget will begin “holding discussions” with federal agencies on steps to take in the event of sequestration, according to a memo sent Tuesday. OMB acting Director Jeffrey Zients wrote in the instructions that sequestration -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal agencies set to take place...