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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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OMB to agencies: We’ll help you plan for sequestration, but we hope it doesn’t happen

August 1, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget will begin “holding discussions” with federal agencies on steps to take in the event of sequestration, according to a memo sent Tuesday. OMB acting Director Jeffrey Zients wrote in the instructions that sequestration -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal agencies set to take place...

Around Government

August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch...

Social media plays a growing role in open source intelligence, experts say

July 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Analysts increasingly are turning to social media forums such as Facebook and Twitter to gather valuable information that can be used to help predict social, cultural and political shifts, and events before they might otherwise be apparent, intelligence community veterans Tuesday said at a panel discussion on open-source intelligence hosted...

Army sergeant wins gold in London

July 31, 2012 Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock defended his skeet shooting crown Tuesday, becoming the first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the sport in Olympic history. The 23-year-old Georgia native successfully shot 148 of the 150 clay targets he saw over the three-day competition. Hancock also won gold in Beijing in...

Report suggests sweeping changes to CFC

July 30, 2012 A commission headed by two former congressmen has recommended two dozen improvements to the federal employees’ annual charity campaign, according to a new report. The commission, launched in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign, suggested widening the donor base by including retirees and contractors, using online...

Amazon cloud services provide enormous savings, company says

July 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon touted its Web services in a new self-commissioned study, which found organizations receive huge return on their investments in the company’s cloud computing service. The report -- conducted by IDC, an industry analyst -- comes on the heels of a study by CSC, a major government IT vendor, that...

Education faces major cuts and furloughs, secretary says

July 26, 2012 Sequestration likely would lead the Education Department to furlough “many” employees, the department’s secretary told Federal News Radio. Secretary Arne Duncan said he did not know the exact number of furloughs to expect, but he added the automatic cuts included in the 2011 Budget Control Act could come at the...

OSC on pace for record number of whistleblower disclosures

July 26, 2012 The Office of Special Counsel is projecting a record number of reported incidents from whistleblowers in fiscal 2012, despite a small dip in fiscal 2011, an OSC spokeswoman told Government Executive. Through the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, OSC -- the independent federal agency responsible for investigating...

FDA, contractor pass blame for publishing private emails

July 25, 2012 Amid a pending lawsuit and congressional investigation, agencies and private contractors are pointing fingers over who is to blame for making public confidential correspondences from would-be whistleblowers at the Food and Drug Administration, according to The Washington Post. The emails -- collected as part of an FDA effort to monitor...

Obama touts record on veterans issues

July 25, 2012 In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama pledged as a candidate for president to bring a renewed focus to the nation’s neglected veterans, to reinvest in programs that benefit returning soldiers and to reintroduce them to the American Dream. As the president gears up for reelection he now is trying to convince...