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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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Ex-EPA Employee Allegedly Made Up CIA Employment to Get Out of Work

September 5, 2013 A former executive at the Environmental Protection Agency used a series of lies and embellishments to defraud the government out of nearly $900,000, according to The Washington Post. John C. Beale allegedly told his bosses he was away from his job in order to conduct “sensitive work for another agency,” ...

Senator Calls $8.7M in Obamacare Ads a 'Blatant Misuse' of Taxpayer Funds

September 4, 2013 A Republican senator has deplored the Obama administration for using taxpayer funds to advertise the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health care overhaul. The Health and Human Services Department, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to spend $8.7 million to “promote Obamacare ...

Loans to Furloughed Feds Suspended

September 4, 2013 The organization that has helped cash-strapped furloughed feds has run out of money. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which provides emergency no-interest loans, natural disaster grants and scholarships to needy federal workers, has stopped handing out new furlough loans to employees due to a “cash flow problem.” The ...

Postal Service IG Puts Retirement and Leave Benefits Under the Microscope

September 3, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service’s internal auditor is seeking private sector input on the best way to administer paid time off and retirement benefits, according to multiple online solicitations. The USPS’ inspector general posted the requests on the FedBizOpps, asking for a supplier with “subject matter expertise” to develop a report ...

Around Government

September 1, 2013 Films About War Iraq War veteran Michael Chan pursued two dreams—the military and movies. By Susan Fourney High on the list of risky career moves are fighting wars and making movies, and Michael Chan took a chance on both. The 27-year-old Iraq War veteran, who served two tours with the ...

Saving Earth and Agency

September 1, 2013 Dianne Shoaf has been called a hero, but she does not want all the credit. “Postal employees are really the heroes,” says Shoaf, who won the White House’s 2012 Sustainability Hero Award for her efforts coordinating the Lean Green Team at the U.S. Postal Service. The team spearheads “low- and ...

New Plan Would Give Feds a Year to Make Up for Religious Time Off

August 30, 2013 The Obama administration wants to require federal employees to provide proof of religious holidays in order to take compensatory time off, but would grant them an extended period to make up the hours. The new guidance updates proposed rules the Office of Personnel Management put forth in 2005. In October, ...

GSA Unfreezes Federal Per Diems

August 30, 2013 Federal employees will receive a small increase in their per diems starting in October, the General Services Administration announced Friday. Federal agencies will reimburse their employees traveling in “standard” areas of the continental United States up to $129 per day for expenses -- $83 for lodging and $46 for meals ...

Postal Service Seeks to Lease Vehicles It Can't Afford to Buy

August 29, 2013 The Postal Service will soon begin adding more leased vehicles to its fleet, as a cash shortage has prevented it from purchasing new vans and trucks. The decision marks a shift for the agency, which currently owns nearly all of the more than 211,000 vehicles in its fleet. USPS decided ...

Telling Citizens What Exactly Government Does Would Cost $100 Million

August 29, 2013 Proposed legislation to meticulously track every federal program and contract would cost $100 million over five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, sponsored by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., would require federal agencies to identify and describe each program they administer, the costs to ...