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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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Obama Taps OMB Veteran as Acting IRS Commissioner

May 16, 2013 President Obama has named top financial management official Danny Werfel acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House announced Thursday. Steven Miller stepped down as acting commissioner Wednesday amidst a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups that had applied for tax-exempt status. Werfel, currently the controller...

FBI Faces Furloughs in 2014

May 16, 2013 The FBI will furlough agents and employees in fiscal 2014, should sequestration cuts continue as scheduled. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department the FBI would have no choice but to force unpaid leave, thereby putting the country at risk. “I have long...

Protection Bureau Wants Union Protection

May 16, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has unionized and first up on the agenda is improving employees’ workspace. CFPB’s Washington, D.C., headquarters -- located adjacent to the White House -- will soon undergo renovations after employees complained of being forced to work in cramped conditions. Groups of four or five people...

GSA Chief Sees ‘New Vista’ for Federal Government

May 14, 2013 The General Service Administration is on the hunt for great ideas. The acquisition and facilities management arm of the federal government is looking for ways to become leaner, said Dan Tangherlini, GSA’s acting administrator, and it is enlisting the help of its entire workforce. The Great Ideas Hunt, which spawned...

Defense Agency Will Use Sequester, Other Cuts to Make Big Changes

May 13, 2013 The Defense Logistics Agency is using the current budget environment to its advantage, leveraging the culture of cuts into transformative changes at the Pentagon’s logistics arm. Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, the DLA director, told attendees of Government Executive’s Excellence in Government conference Monday that cuts at the Defense Department have...

Obama Asks Federal Agencies to Be a Model for Gender Pay Equality

May 10, 2013 President Obama on Friday called for the elimination of any gender pay gap in the federal workplace, issuing an executive order requiring a full review of pay and promotion policies. “The federal government is the nation's largest employer,” Obama wrote in the order. “It has a special responsibility to act...

Postal Service Loses Nearly $2 Billion in Second Quarter

May 10, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service lost an average of more than $21 million per day in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, with a total loss of $1.9 billion. The loss was actually a 40 percent improvement over the same period last year, when USPS lost $3.2 billion. To date this...

Sequester, Postal Departures Weigh on Retirement Claims Backlog

May 9, 2013 Sequestration cuts and a dramatic uptick in U.S. Postal Service departures have slowed progress in clearing the backlog of federal retirement claims, officials said at a congressional hearing Thursday. Ken Zawodny, associate director for retirement services at the Office of Personnel Management, said the across-the-board spending cuts have forced a...

For Sale: Air Force One

May 9, 2013 Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day present? You could always go with Air Force One. That’s right, the General Services Administration is offering up a DC-9 aircraft that used to serve as the president’s official plane. “Presidential history for sale!” GSA tweeted from its official account Thursday. “Former Air...

Most Top Contractors Increased Business With Federal Government in 2012

May 8, 2013 A majority of the top 200 government contractors made more money on federal awards last year than in 2011, despite major budgetary cutbacks, according to a report released Wednesday. Overall, the federal government spent $516.3 billion on contracts in fiscal 2012, down 3.1 percent from fiscal 2011’s total of $532.6...