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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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Agencies Found to Be Ignoring IGs to the Tune of $87 Billion

October 18, 2016 Federal agencies are wasting $87 billion by failing to implement more than 15,000 inspector general recommendations, according to a new report released by Republican senators. Many of the proposals have been floated for more than 10 years, wrote Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

Campaigns Spending 50 Percent More to Send Ads Through USPS in 2016 Cycle

October 17, 2016 Political campaigns are increasingly sending advertisements through the mail, according to the U.S. Postal Service, which said the uptick has been a boon to its revenue. Political mail revenue jumped to $268 million from October 2015 through July 2016, up more than 50 percent from October 2011 through July 2012,...

After Years of Decline, Obama Admin Tries New Approach to Spur Feds’ Annual Giving

October 14, 2016 President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to make it easier for federal employees to volunteer at charitable organizations and for retirees to donate to them. The order adjusts Ronald Reagan era guidance on the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal government’s annual giving drive. Under the new rules, federal workers...

The US Military Is Shedding Civilian Jobs. It Has No Idea How Much Money It’s Actually Saving

October 14, 2016 The Defense Department is still not tracking the cost savings it is achieving from cutting civilian employees, according to a new report. The Pentagon has tracked how many total employees it has cut since fiscal 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office audit, but not how much money it has...

EPA Employees Responsible for Colo. Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges

October 13, 2016 Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week. The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work...

Defense Has Cut 40K Civilians, But Doesn’t Know How Much Money That Has Saved

October 13, 2016 The Defense Department is still not tracking the cost savings it is achieving from cutting civilian employees, according to a new report. The Pentagon has tracked how many total employees it has cut since fiscal 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office audit, but not how much money it has...

EPA Employees Responsible for Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges

October 13, 2016 Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week. The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...

Federal Agencies Deploy Thousands of Feds for Hurricane Matthew Response

October 12, 2016 Federal agencies have deployed more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 3,000 civilians, to five states and three countries to assist local communities as they recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is spearheading the efforts, establishing survivor assistance, incident management, and search and rescue...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 12, 2016 Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...