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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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Scientists join opposition to STOCK Act disclosure requirements

July 2, 2012 A group representing scientists has come out against provisions of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act that force senior executives to share their personal investments in an online database, calling the requirements an unfair and unnecessary invasion of privacy. The Association of Scientists, which represents scientists in the National...

Unscheduled leave, telework still available for feds

July 2, 2012 Federal agencies in the capital area will remain open Tuesday, with employees maintaining the option to telework or take unscheduled leave due to widespread power outages from Friday’s storm, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. Non-emergency workers must notify their supervisors if they intend to take advantage of this...

Watchdog points to FOIA.gov improvements

June 29, 2012 The Justice Department has improved a website that allows the public to access and search agencies’ annual reports on how they handle Freedom of Information Act requests, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a report released Thursday, auditors found Justice, which created FOIA.gov for $300,000 in 2011, has enhanced...

OSC honors Dover whistleblowers

June 29, 2012 Three whistleblowers were honored Thursday for helping to identify mismanagement at Dover Air Force Base mortuary. The Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency responsible for investigating claims brought forth by whistleblowers, awarded James Parsons, Mary Ellen Spera and William Zwicharowski with the 2011 Public Servant of the Year...

Feds off the hook in transportation, student loan deals

June 28, 2012 Federal employees will not have to contribute more to their pension funds in order to pay for highway projects or to extend the student loan interest rate for another year, according to Federal News Radio. An earlier proposal to increase federal workers’ pension contribution by 1.2 percent over three years...

Senate committee backs Hatch Act update

June 27, 2012 A Senate committee on Wednesday agreed in principle to the first update to the Hatch Act in nearly 20 years, proposing to allow state and local officials to run for political office. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will officially report the bill to the full Senate -- which...

HUD unveils online app to help grant spending hit home

June 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Housing and Urban Development Department has launched a new Web application that will consolidate economic and housing data onto a user-friendly, publicly accessible site. The app, CPD Maps -- named for HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development -- is part of the department’s eCon Planning Suite, an initiative...

Defense officials plead need for agility

June 26, 2012 The Defense Department needs to be more agile in the face of new and upcoming budget constraints, department officials and military experts said at a panel discussion Tuesday. “The security challenges remain high, budgets are going down. We have no choice but to adapt,” Peter Flory, former assistant secretary for...

Postal Service workers stage hunger strike

June 25, 2012 U.S. Postal Service workers staged a hunger strike in front of the Capitol on Monday as part of a weeklong effort to pressure Congress into repealing the mandate to prefund pension reserves. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, joined 10 former and current USPS employees for a press conference to speak out...

Former officer sent to prison after defrauding Coast Guard

June 22, 2012 A Coast Guard officer was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $98,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to wire fraud and embezzling approximately $150,000. Lt. Danielle Daniese Ferreira, 36, recommended a company owned by her cousin for maintenance contracting aboard Coast Guard ships stationed...