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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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November 1, 2012 Dishin’ Out Soft Power State Department chef serves up meals as part of the United States’ new culinary diplomatic corps. Jason Larkin commands the kitchen of diplomacy. As the chef for the State Department, he’s in charge of preparing culinary concoctions for the many visiting diplomats and heads of state ...

Regional officials recommend NJ and some NYC federal offices remain closed Thursday

October 31, 2012 Federal employee groups along the East Coast are working with regional agency offices, as well as state and local governments, to coordinate efforts to get federal employees back to work. “I always like to say we try to have up-to-date, accurate and consistent information so agency leaders can make informed ...

Sandy response brings bipartisan support for government

October 31, 2012 The role of federal government has always been a source of contention among politicians and this year’s upcoming election may have only amplified the discord. Republicans largely have been critical of government’s role. During the first presidential debate, GOP nominee Mitt Romney derided Obama’s approach as “trickle-down government.” Romney also ...

Government lacks coherent policy for religious time off, report finds

October 30, 2012 The federal government should provide more specific regulations dictating policies regarding compensatory time for religious observances, a government oversight agency has said. The Government Accountability Office found that federal agencies have conflicting policies toward time off for religious observances and it called on the Office of Personnel Management to create ...

FEMA has enough funding -- for now

October 29, 2012 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will have sufficient funds for the immediate response to Hurricane Sandy, the agency director said in a conference call Monday, but may need additional resources for long term repairs related to the storm. The potential cash shortfall could be exacerbated by automatic budget cuts as ...

Romney in 2011: ‘Makes no sense’ to fund federal disaster relief

October 29, 2012 As millions of Americans prepare for and respond to Hurricane Sandy, comments made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney regarding cuts to emergency response budgets are resurfacing. The Atlantic, Slate and several additional publications have pointed to comments Romney made during a 2011 debate, when he said the federal officials ...

Feds ready East Coast for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is “on alert” for Hurricane Sandy and is preparing its resources for the storm’s landfall, FEMA’s director said in a conference call Friday. “We don’t have an exact point to focus on yet,” Craig Fugate said, “and this won’t be a point specific as much ...

Fiscal 'cliff' might look more like a gradual, downward slope

October 25, 2012 A former budget chief in both the legislative and executive branches said Thursday the United States might not be headed for a fiscal “cliff” at all, because the effects of sequestration and tax cut expirations likely would be felt slowly over time. Jim Nussle, Office of Management and Budget director ...

Some work-study vets wait weeks or months for VA paychecks

October 24, 2012 Many veterans participating in a work-study program with the Veterans Affairs Department while attending college have complained of late paychecks, according a report from the Associated Press. VA created the program for veterans who are enrolled as full-time or three-quarter-time students and seek additional income. The students work up to ...

Issa subpoenas HHS documents

October 23, 2012 A top Republican lawmaker has subpoenaed documents related to a demonstration project at the Health and Human Services Department, claiming the program is an abuse of power being used to cover up the shortcomings of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the House Oversight and Government Reform ...