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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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After Years of Decline, Obama Admin Tries New Approach to Spur Feds’ Annual Giving

October 14, 2016 President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to make it easier for federal employees to volunteer at charitable organizations and for retirees to donate to them. The order adjusts Ronald Reagan era guidance on the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal government’s annual giving drive. Under the new rules, federal workers...

The US Military Is Shedding Civilian Jobs. It Has No Idea How Much Money It’s Actually Saving

October 14, 2016 The Defense Department is still not tracking the cost savings it is achieving from cutting civilian employees, according to a new report. The Pentagon has tracked how many total employees it has cut since fiscal 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office audit, but not how much money it has...

EPA Employees Responsible for Colo. Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges

October 13, 2016 Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week. The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work...

Defense Has Cut 40K Civilians, But Doesn’t Know How Much Money That Has Saved

October 13, 2016 The Defense Department is still not tracking the cost savings it is achieving from cutting civilian employees, according to a new report. The Pentagon has tracked how many total employees it has cut since fiscal 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office audit, but not how much money it has...

EPA Employees Responsible for Mine Disaster Will Not Face Criminal Charges

October 13, 2016 Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges to Environmental Protection Agency employees involved with the 2015 leak of wastewater at an abandoned mine, the agency’s inspector general announced this week. The EPA’s inspector general previously launched a criminal probe in conjunction with the Justice Department after the work...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...

Federal Agencies Deploy Thousands of Feds for Hurricane Matthew Response

October 12, 2016 Federal agencies have deployed more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 3,000 civilians, to five states and three countries to assist local communities as they recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is spearheading the efforts, establishing survivor assistance, incident management, and search and rescue...

Poll: Americans Want Drone Delivery - But Not Yet

October 12, 2016 Americans are intrigued by and open to the possibility of the U.S. Postal Service using drones to deliver packages, according to a new survey from the agency’s inspector general, but do not appear ready for a deployment of the technology. In a nationwide survey, 44 percent of respondents told the...

Why Agencies Should Better Use Data To Make Pay, Leave Decisions

October 11, 2016 The federal government is not taking advantage of its payroll data to better inform decisions on pay, leave, telework and other workforce benefits, according to a new report. Federal agencies submit personnel data to the Office of Personnel Management, which it then places into its Enterprise Human Resources Integration system....

Feds Still Lack Faith That Poor Performers Are Punished

October 7, 2016 Federal employees remain skeptical top performers are rewarded fairly and poor performers are dealt with adequately, according to new results from the federal government’s annual workforce survey, though their opinions of top leaders continue to improve. Fewer employees agreed that pay raises are merit based and that “steps are taken...