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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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EPA’s Auditor Hunts for More Man Caves

June 27, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has launched a new investigation into conduct at storage facilities, following findings of “deplorable conditions” at an EPA warehouse in May. “As a result of our findings, we are conducting an additional, comprehensive audit at other selected warehouse spaces,” EPA IG Arthur Elkins said....

DOMA Ruling Allows Feds to Share Benefits With Same-Sex Spouses

June 26, 2013 This story has been updated. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday, clearing the way for federal employees to share benefits with their same-sex spouses. The 1996 law defined marriage as between a man and a woman, affecting more than 1,000 laws in which marital status...

Does USPS Need $624 Million for New Cars?

June 25, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service is seeking internal permission to replace 11 percent of its vehicles, which would cost about $624 million, according to the agency’s budget submission to Congress for fiscal 2014. The request to buy 24,000 new vehicles would mark a nearly 20,000 percent increase over vehicles expenditures in...

‘Lead by Example,’ Obama Says in Push for Greener Federal Buildings

June 25, 2013 President Obama on Tuesday called on all federal agencies to nearly triple their efforts to make their buildings more energy efficient as part of a wide-ranging plan to combat climate change. Obama directed agencies consume 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, an increase from the current...

TSP Won't Give Your Info to the NSA

June 24, 2013 Officials in charge of your retirement plan will not sell you out no matter what -- even if the National Security Agency comes knocking. At a Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting Monday, one of the five Senate-confirmed board members, Ron McCray, asked Executive Director Gregory Long about the agency’s...

TSP Board Needs to ‘Get A Lot Smarter’

June 24, 2013 Officials charged with overseeing the Thrift Savings Plan have pitched an initiative to conduct extensive research into improving the relationship between TSP and its participants and beneficiaries. The proposal -- put forth by the executive director’s office at a Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board meeting Monday -- would serve as...

Congressman Would Fire Feds Who Don’t Answer His Questions

June 21, 2013 Think twice before pleading the Fifth. So says Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who has introduced a bill that would fire any federal employee who refuses to answer questions or gives false testimony at a congressional hearing. Brooks wrote the legislation after Lois Lerner, director of the tax-exempt organizations division of...

Lawmakers Want More Oversight of Security Clearances

June 20, 2013 A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers criticized the federal government’s lack of standards and oversight of government-issued security clearances at a hearing held Thursday in light of Edward Snowden’s leak of sensitive information. The hearing -- held jointly by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittees on the federal workforce and...

USPS to Close Three Capitol Hill Post Offices

June 20, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service will close three post offices on the House side of Capitol Hill, the agency has announced. The post offices -- located in the Rayburn and Cannon office buildings, as well as the Capitol building -- were first identified for closures for “extremely low usage” in 2011....

Looking Out for Military Families

June 20, 2013 The Defense Department could be doing more to protect members of the military. The issue is not stronger tanks or better armor, but an entirely different type of security. The Pentagon is seeking to protect members of the armed forces from predatory loans. While a 2007 law was initially effective...