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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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Hundreds of DHS employees arrested for laptop thefts, drug smuggling, other crimes

August 23, 2012 Some Homeland Security Department employees have found creative ways to supplement their government salary. A Citizen and Immigration Services worker charged $1,500 to approve citizenship applications. A Customs and Border Patrol agent collected $5,000 to smuggle 30 undocumented aliens across the border. Another officer received $10,000 to let a car...

GSA seeks more savings in travel spending

August 22, 2012 When the General Services Administration announced a freeze on travel reimbursement rates last week, it was just the first step in reducing travel spending by federal employees. The agency is now developing a long-term strategy to calculate per diem rates for federal travelers, and will be consulting with experts through...

Want the federal budget on your iPad? There’s an app for that.

August 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office has announced federally published eBooks will now be available for purchase through Apple. Customers can buy and read titles from Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists are Ripping Off America to the 2013 federal budget on their iPad, iPhone or computer through the iTunes Store application. “GPO is...

White House to agencies: Cut wasteful IT spending, then reinvest in smarter tech

August 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is requiring all agencies to propose budget cuts to reduce information technology spending by 10 percent, according to a guidance released by the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts would come in fiscal 2014, and be calculated based on the average IT spending in fiscals 2010...

Obama tells Defense communities sequestration should be avoided

August 21, 2012 President Obama continued his call for a bipartisan solution to avoid sequestration that couples spending cuts with tax hikes on the nation’s wealthiest in a series of interviews on Monday with local Virginia media outlets. Obama told The Virginia-Pilot, a newspaper based in the Navy-hub town of Norfolk, Va., that...

Ex-Border Patrol union chief denies using funds for mistress, personal expenses

August 20, 2012 A former leader of a union representing Border Patrol workers has called accusations that he illegally used union funds for personal expenses a targeted retaliation against his criticism of the government’s border security, according to the Associated Press. Terrence J. Bonner, who headed the National Border Patrol Council from 1989...

BYOD on the government’s dime?

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Obama administration releases its guidance instructing federal agencies on how to implement and promote “bring your own device” programs, there might be some money in it for federal employees. The White House will include a model policy for reimbursing BYOD participants for a portion of their monthly service...

Some managers track ‘every detail’ on feds’ computer use

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever get the feeling that someone is looking over your shoulder at work? Well, you may be right. “Virtually every arm” of the government is using sophisticated software that can intercept tweets and Facebook posts, take screen shots of monitors, and record keystrokes, experts told The Washington Post. The primary...

Clock Ticks on Social Security's Paperless Transition

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social Security recipients have just six months to move to an electronic system for collecting benefits payments. Most of the more than 55 million beneficiaries have already made the switch, with only 3 percent of recipients still receiving paper checks, according to U.S. News and World Report. The deadline is...

Senior ICE official takes leave amid allegations of creating ‘frat-house type atmosphere’

August 16, 2012 This story has been updated. A top Homeland Security Department official has voluntarily placed herself on leave after a lawsuit targeted her for creating a “frat-house type atmosphere” in her office, Fox News reported. Suzanne Barr, chief of staff at DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, went on leave after...