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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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Want lead with that? Toxic materials found in Navy dining area

September 7, 2012 Federal health inspectors have cited the Navy for exposing hundreds of its personnel to toxic materials at a maintenance facility near San Diego, according to the Associated Press. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found traces of lead, cadmium and beryllium in food storage and dining areas at the Coronado...

Feds embrace ‘nerds of the Internet’

September 6, 2012 Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel Thursday. “People who build information are starting to realize the way the Web works now -- it goes beyond their own little website,” said Dominic McDevitt-Parks, resident Wikipedian for...

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Pentagon falls behind on requirements to assist overseas military voters

September 6, 2012 The Defense Department is not taking all the steps required by law to ease the voting process for overseas military personnel, a report from the department’s inspector general has found. The 2009 Military and Voters Overseas Act, known as the MOVE Act, called for installation voting assistance offices on every...

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Washington-area charity drive organizers say economy isn’t an 'excuse'

September 5, 2012 More than 400 federal employees from the capital region gathered Wednesday to prepare for this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, an annual charity drive organized for workers governmentwide. The kickoff event, held in downtown Washington, was held to educate CFC’s National Capital Area campaign leaders on the best practices for raising...

The White House ‘in the palm of your hand’

September 4, 2012 The White House relaunched its mobile program Tuesday, redesigning Whitehouse.gov’s mobile website and adding features to its iPhone and Android applications. New features to its mobile apps include an updated design, screen alerts for live events and a new search feature. For the first time, the apps are now fully...

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GSA investigator was too aggressive at Nashville conference, memo alleges

September 4, 2012 A General Services Administration investigator may have been excessively aggressive in questioning an employee about an August conference in Nashville, according to Federal News Radio. A memo obtained by FNR detailed a GSA inspector general employee’s “violent knocking” after 11 p.m. on Aug.1 on the hotel door of David Shea,...

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Energy Dept. loan program needs more transparency, report says

August 30, 2012 The Energy Department’s inspector general absolved the department’s Loan Program Office of any wrongdoing in contracting law firms, but recommended more transparency in the office’s conflict of interest policy, according to a new report. The IG launched an investigation into Energy’s law firm contracting policies after receiving various anonymous reports...

As Isaac Hits, Agencies Take to Social Media

August 29, 2012 “Please share.” So reads a message on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook page -- an appeal to get 91,000 “friends” to spread a message to Gulf Coast residents facing Hurricane Isaac. In that message, the disaster-response agency was looking to avoid congested phone lines by encouraging residents to alert...

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Federal agencies respond to Isaac

August 28, 2012 This story has been updated with details. President Obama told Gulf Coast residents to heed the advice of local officials -- including any calls to evacuate -- in a statement from the White House on Tuesday, spearheading the large-scale efforts under way throughout the federal government in preparation for Hurricane...

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USPS receives more time to respond to Northrop Grumman lawsuit

August 27, 2012 For the second time in as many months, a federal claims court has delayed the deadline for the U.S. Postal Service to respond to allegations in a lawsuit that Northrop Grumman Corp. filed against the agency over a contract dispute, according to Federal Times. U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge George...