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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.

Results 1951-1960 of 2014

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

August 17, 2012 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 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...

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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...

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Tens of thousands of federal retirees collect six-figure pensions

August 15, 2012 More than 21,000 former federal employees are collecting at least $100,000 annually, according to a new report from USA Today. The six-figure pension earners, who will receive the retirement salary for the rest of their lives, worked in positions throughout the federal government. The most common retirees to receive the...

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Romney’s proposed budget cuts could be more severe than Ryan’s

August 15, 2012 As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seeks to distance himself from the controversial budget proposal put forth by his recently announced running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, details are emerging of what the former Massachusetts governor’s own plan might entail. “I have my budget plan, as you know, that I've...

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Lawmaker calls for investigation into alleged TSA racial profiling

August 14, 2012 Allegations of racial profiling by Transportation Security Administration officers at Logan International Airport in Boston warrant a congressional investigation, according to a lawmaker from Massachusetts. Democratic Rep. Bill Keating has requested a probe into written complaints from TSA personnel who stated their colleagues are targeting Middle Eastern, black, Hispanic and...

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Whistleblowers will have a new friend at Justice

August 10, 2012 The Justice Department has created a new position to protect and educate whistleblowers, officials have announced. The whistleblower ombudsman position will be filled by Robert Storch, a former federal prosecutor, and housed in the Justice inspector general’s office. The ombudsman will train employees about the importance of reporting potential misdeeds...

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GSA announces new discount airfares for 2013

August 9, 2012 The General Services Administration announced Thursday that it has renegotiated its contracts with airlines offering discounted rates for federal employees flying on business. The fiscal 2013 City Pairs Program will save an estimated $5.9 billion, GSA said. In addition to cheaper fares, the program allows the federal workforce the flexibility...

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Defense contractors downsized in good times, report finds

August 8, 2012 The defense industry and Republican lawmakers have for months complained that sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin on Jan. 2, 2013, and expected to hit the Defense Department especially hard -- would devastate private contracting companies, forcing mass layoffs when the economy could least afford them. A new...

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It’s official: White House must share sequestration specifics

August 8, 2012 President Obama has signed a law that requires his administration to provide a report to Congress “relating to funding reductions” scheduled to take place on Jan. 2, 2013, as a result of sequestration, the White House announced Tuesday. The law directs Obama to detail within 30 days where the spending...