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Eric Katz

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Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.

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IG Faults EPA for Not Intervening Seven Months Sooner in Flint Water Crisis

October 21, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency stayed silent on water contamination in Flint, Mich., for seven months longer than it should have, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general. EPA’s Region Five, headquartered in Chicago, had the “authority and sufficient information” to issue an emergency order to “protect Flint...

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Committee Seeks Investigation Into OPM’s Slower Retirement Claims Processing

October 20, 2016 This story has been updated. A bipartisan group of lawmakers with oversight of the federal workforce has tasked government auditors with investigating whether the retirement process is operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...

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Clinton and Trump Had A Lot to Say About Government Management in Final Debate

October 19, 2016 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated for the final time on Wednesday, touching on a variety of issues that could impact federal agencies and their employees. Clinton repeatedly cited her experience running the State Department and spoke out against shutting down the government for political purposes, while Trump lodged attacks...

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Trump Is Crowdsourcing How to Make His Cabinet Great

October 19, 2016 Government leaders have embraced crowdsourcing for an array of projects. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to crowdsource the government leaders themselves. In an email from the Republican National Committee to its listserv, the party solicited advice on who should serve in a Trump administration. The survey, RNC Co-Chair Sharon...

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Lawmakers Concerned 'New' VA Leadership Transferred From Within Department

October 19, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department has reshuffled its top leadership more than it has hired new management since the wait-time and patient data manipulation scandal was unearthed in 2014, according to a new investigation. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed disappointment in VA’s failure to bring in more new...

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Trump Takes a Page from Bill Clinton on Making Feds More Ethical

October 18, 2016 In a speech Monday, the Republican presidential nominee proposed bringing back a five-year post-government lobbying ban on all executive branch employees in place for most of the Bill Clinton administration. “I am going to re-institute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after...

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Agencies Found to Be Ignoring IGs to the Tune of $87 Billion

October 18, 2016 Federal agencies are wasting $87 billion by failing to implement more than 15,000 inspector general recommendations, according to a new report released by Republican senators. Many of the proposals have been floated for more than 10 years, wrote Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

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Campaigns Spending 50 Percent More to Send Ads Through USPS in 2016 Cycle

October 17, 2016 Political campaigns are increasingly sending advertisements through the mail, according to the U.S. Postal Service, which said the uptick has been a boon to its revenue. Political mail revenue jumped to $268 million from October 2015 through July 2016, up more than 50 percent from October 2011 through July 2012,...

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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...