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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 2001-2009 of 2009

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Defense officials plead need for agility

June 26, 2012 The Defense Department needs to be more agile in the face of new and upcoming budget constraints, department officials and military experts said at a panel discussion Tuesday. “The security challenges remain high, budgets are going down. We have no choice but to adapt,” Peter Flory, former assistant secretary for...

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Postal Service workers stage hunger strike

June 25, 2012 U.S. Postal Service workers staged a hunger strike in front of the Capitol on Monday as part of a weeklong effort to pressure Congress into repealing the mandate to prefund pension reserves. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, joined 10 former and current USPS employees for a press conference to speak out...

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Former officer sent to prison after defrauding Coast Guard

June 22, 2012 A Coast Guard officer was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $98,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to wire fraud and embezzling approximately $150,000. Lt. Danielle Daniese Ferreira, 36, recommended a company owned by her cousin for maintenance contracting aboard Coast Guard ships stationed...

Regulatory headache? There’s an app for that

June 20, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration is stymying innovation in the field of mobile medical applications with superfluous regulation, industry leaders said at a conservative think tank Wednesday. “We need regulatory structure 2.0 to deal with emerging technology,” said Joel White, president of Health IT Now. “It has to match the...

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Senior executives group finds risks in STOCK Act

June 20, 2012 The Senior Executives Association has renewed its complaints on some elements of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, calling the requirement for an online database of high-ranking career executives’ financial information an invasion of privacy, a security threat and an obstacle to recruiting top-level talent. The STOCK Act is...

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How much is lost luggage worth?

June 15, 2012 Despite airlines mishandling fewer bags, the government is weighing several options concerning compensation rules for lost luggage, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The amount of mishandled luggage began to shrink after airlines started charging for a customer’s first checked bag, according to the report, which was...

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Pentagon sexual assault office gets new director

June 14, 2012 A champion of don’t ask, don’t tell repeal will become the next director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office, the Pentagon has announced. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog will retire in July after a 34-year career, according to the announcement Wednesday. She has directed...

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Federal executives will build on Recovery Act successes, report says

June 13, 2012 Many federal agencies will keep good habits they developed while spending stimulus money during the past three years, according to a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. In reviewing nine stimulus-funded programs, the IBM analysts identified a series of new and updated practices, including establishing...

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Defense freezes spending on big-ticket conferences, pending review

June 11, 2012 The Defense Department has frozen spending on large conferences and related travel, pending further review, according to Federal Times. The directive, signed June 3 by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, is a follow up to President Obama’s May order calling on all federal agencies to cut travel costs...