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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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Chinese tech companies to Congress: We're not spies

September 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Chinese telecommunications companies on Thursday repeatedly denied accusations that they are using their software and equipment to spy on customers for the benefit of the Chinese government. Speaking to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, representatives from Huawei and ZTE told lawmakers that they answer exclusively to their...

HHS chief violated law restricting political activity, OSC finds

September 12, 2012 This story has been updated with comment from the White House. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated a law limiting political activity in the federal workplace when she made off-the-cuff remarks at an official event in February, an independent oversight agency has determined. The Office of Special Counsel...

DHS not properly protecting federal buildings, report finds

September 12, 2012 The Homeland Security Department’s Federal Protective Service is not doing an adequate job assessing and preparing for security risks at government workspaces, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office said FPS -- which has an annual budget of $1.3 billion to protect federal facilities -- is not using...

Defense industry planning pre-sequestration layoff warnings

September 11, 2012 Several of the nation’s largest defense contractors have threatened to issue layoff notices ahead of planned budget cuts despite Obama administration guidance to the contrary, according to correspondence released by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to provide employees 60 days’ notice...

Frequent fliers overwhelmingly dislike TSA, survey finds

September 11, 2012 Most frequent travelers do not approve of the Transportation Security Administration, according to an online survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler. The poll, which targeted only self-identified frequent fliers, found 91 percent thought TSA is doing a fair or poor job with airport security screenings. Seventy-six percent thought the agency...

Want lead with that? Toxic materials found in Navy dining area

September 7, 2012 Federal health inspectors have cited the Navy for exposing hundreds of its personnel to toxic materials at a maintenance facility near San Diego, according to the Associated Press. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found traces of lead, cadmium and beryllium in food storage and dining areas at the Coronado...

Feds embrace ‘nerds of the Internet’

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel Thursday. “People who build information are starting to realize the way the Web works now -- it goes beyond their own little website,” said Dominic McDevitt-Parks, resident Wikipedian for...

Pentagon falls behind on requirements to assist overseas military voters

September 6, 2012 The Defense Department is not taking all the steps required by law to ease the voting process for overseas military personnel, a report from the department’s inspector general has found. The 2009 Military and Voters Overseas Act, known as the MOVE Act, called for installation voting assistance offices on every...

Washington-area charity drive organizers say economy isn’t an 'excuse'

September 5, 2012 More than 400 federal employees from the capital region gathered Wednesday to prepare for this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, an annual charity drive organized for workers governmentwide. The kickoff event, held in downtown Washington, was held to educate CFC’s National Capital Area campaign leaders on the best practices for raising...

The White House ‘in the palm of your hand’

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House relaunched its mobile program Tuesday, redesigning Whitehouse.gov’s mobile website and adding features to its iPhone and Android applications. New features to its mobile apps include an updated design, screen alerts for live events and a new search feature. For the first time, the apps are now fully...