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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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White House to government contractors: Stop human trafficking

September 25, 2012 This story has been updated with comment from the White House. President Obama has issued an executive order to increase oversight that prevents human trafficking resulting from government contracts, the White House announced Tuesday. The policy will seek to strengthen existing laws against government contracts going to companies involved in...

Federal agencies recognized for ‘bright ideas’

September 25, 2012 A top university has recognized a dozen federal agencies for their “unique and creative solutions to some of nation’s most difficult challenges.” The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government acclaimed the federal agencies, along with scores of local governments, as part...

TSA officers begin voting on first labor contract Oct. 1

September 24, 2012 Transportation Security Administration officers will begin voting on their first-ever labor contract Oct. 1, according to the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE and TSA reached a tentative agreement on the contract in August. The security officers will have until Nov. 2 to cast their vote. “This agreement will also...

Investigator confirms misconduct by Secret Service personnel in Colombia

September 21, 2012 A Homeland Security Department investigator confirmed in a letter sent to lawmakers that 13 Secret Service personnel were involved in “personal encounters with Colombian female nationals” prior to a presidential trip to Colombia in April. Charles Edwards, DHS’ acting inspector general, wrote the findings are part of an ongoing investigation...

OPM announces deadline for revamped postgrad program

September 21, 2012 The newly remodeled program to recruit recent graduates to federal service will be accepting applications starting Nov. 5 and remain open for two weeks, according to an approximate timeline the Office of Personnel Management has released. The Presidential Management Fellows program was overhauled in May as part of the wholesale...

USPS to Floridians: Stop crashing into our buildings

September 21, 2012 When a driver in Punta Gorda, Fla., slammed a car into the front of the local post office, it was the last straw for the U.S. Postal Service. It was the eighth such incident this year in Central Florida alone, according to WWSB, the local ABC affiliate. In response, USPS...

Two Justice officials forced out by Fast and Furious report

September 20, 2012 Two Justice Department officials have stepped down in the wake of a report issued Wednesday detailing the agency-wide failures involved in the Fast and Furious operation, according to a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder. Kenneth Melson, the former acting director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,...

Report clears attorney general, cites 14 others in Fast and Furious operation

September 19, 2012 Investigators within the Justice Department said an agencywide philosophical failure led to the bungled Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, according to a new report that also identified employee misconduct. Justice’s inspector general’s office said the failures were “systemic and not due to the acts of only a few individuals.” The...

Managers warned not to neglect front-line supervisors in tough times

September 19, 2012 In an era when public servants often are treated as the problem instead of the solution, federal managers told colleagues Wednesday to engage their employees in the agency’s mission and to pay attention to front-line supervisors to ensure higher morale. At a panel discussion hosted by the Talent Management Alliance...

High school student uses federal helicopter to get a date

September 18, 2012 High school teens are always looking for new and creative ways to ask potential dates to their formal dances. Usually, however, they involve big signs and beautiful flowers, not a federally owned helicopter. A Prince William County, Va., student used a Customs and Border Protection aircraft last week to drop...