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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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Pentagon recruits students, military spouses to watch children

October 12, 2012 The Defense Department will soon reopen the application process for students, recent graduates and military spouses seeking to gain experience in child care and youth programs, the Pentagon has announced. The Military Extension Internship Program, launched in 2010, offers 10-week to six-month positions taking care of children on military installations...

Report: Improve treatment of disabled employees in federal workforce

October 12, 2012 The federal government is hiring more disabled workers and reducing the number of disability discrimination complaints overall, but it is still struggling to adequately meet the needs of disabled employees, a new study has found. Tully Rinckey PLLC, a law firm that provides services to federal employees, found in its...

Army prepares for workforce cuts, but not sequestration specifically

October 10, 2012 Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal said Wednesday the service is not planning any contingencies for sequestration and warned the cuts would threaten the Army’s stability. Speaking at an event the Government Executive Media Group hosted, Westphal said any systematic planning for sequestration -- automatic, governmentwide across-the-board cuts set to go into...

Planning to Fight Insect Space Aliens

October 10, 2012 The United States is still fighting in Afghanistan and keeping a close eye on developments in Syria and Iran. But the Army may have a longer-term concern: fighting insect space aliens. Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, speaking at a Government Executive leadership briefing in Washington Wednesday, said military leaders...

Tech industry: Obama will win, but we prefer Romney

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A majority of technology executives think President Obama will be reelected, but consider Republican challenger Mitt Romney to be better for their business, a new study has found. The survey, conducted by international law firm DLA Piper, found 76 percent of senior executives, advisers and venture capitalists involved in the...

FBI agent facing prostitution solicitation charges claims innocence

October 9, 2012 An FBI agent uncover as an arms broker in the Philippines has denied accusations that he used federal funds for prostitutes, AP reported. Federal prosecutors admit the agent, whose name has not been released, sought $15,000 in reimbursements for “entertainment” while posing as a broker for Mexican drug cartels at...

SSA again scales back field office hours

October 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration is cutting back its hours of operation for the second time in as many years, the agency confirmed to Federal Times. Mary Glenn-Croft, deputy commissioner for operations, said in an email to employees that SSA offices will close to customers 30 minutes earlier. The agency also...

AFGE defends taxpayer-funded union activities as ‘fair and effective’

October 3, 2012 A federal employee union defended the practice of “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer funded salaries and work in government offices -- one day after a column denounced the practice. A Wall Street Journal column Tuesday strongly condemned official time, calling the practice “a ruse for...

VA cited for excessive conference spending and ‘weak’ leadership

October 1, 2012 This story has been updated with additional details. The Veterans Affairs Department spent more than $6 million on two conferences in the summer of 2011, much of which was deemed wasteful and excessive, according to an internal investigation. The report, issued by VA’s inspector general’s office, called the human resources...

GSA not properly tracking its cloud transition, report finds

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is not adequately tracking its goals or monitoring its savings since transitioning to a cloud-based email service, an internal report has found. GSA migrated from Lotus Notes to Google Apps for Government for email in June 2011, expecting to save $15 million within five years. GSA’s...