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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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ICE Detainees Face Inhumane Conditions, IG Finds

December 15, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is violating the rights of immigrant detainees and treating them inhumanely, according to a new audit from a government watchdog. The DHS inspector general’s office identified problematic treatment of detainees at four of the five facilities it visited. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, together with state and...

Trump’s Top Management Nominee Pledges Workforce Reforms, More Strategic Cuts

December 14, 2017 The Trump administration’s nominee for the top governmentwide management slot promised transformational change for the federal workforce at her confirmation hearing on Thursday, promising to effect change by leaning on her decades of experience in the private sector. Margaret Weichert, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the Office of Management...

Report: Trump To Freeze Federal Civilian Pay in 2019

December 13, 2017 President Trump will seek a governmentwide pay freeze for all civilian federal employees in 2019, according to a report released late Wednesday by the minority staff on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The pay freeze plan was noted in budget guidance from the Office of Management and...

Democrats Poised to Block Latest GOP Plan to Avoid Shutdown

December 13, 2017 This story has been updated to reflect the introduction of a new CR that would fund agencies through January 19. Democrats have rejected a Republican plan to fully fund the Defense Department for the remainder of fiscal 2018 while continuing stopgap appropriations into January for the rest of government, setting...

Top DoJ Official: Our Employees, Even Those Probing Trump Campaign, May Express Political Views

December 13, 2017 A top Justice Department official clarified to Congress on Wednesday that all federal employees, even those investigating Donald Trump’s campaign for president and any involvement of the Russian government in meddling with the 2016 election, are entitled to their political views and the expression of those views does not disqualify...

Treasury Taps Federal Pensions, TSP G Fund Investments to Avoid Debt Default

December 12, 2017 The Treasury Department has suspended investments into federal employees' pensions, as the government butts up against its statutory borrowing limit. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the step as part of the measures he is permitted to take to delay the government defaulting on its debt. In addition to the Civil...

See Who Would Get Furloughed in a 2017 Shutdown

December 11, 2017 A slew of federal agencies for the first time since 2015 have updated their shutdown contingency plans, noting who would continue to work and who would get sent home in the event Congress fails to reach a budget deal just before Christmas. Before President Trump on Dec. 8 signed a...

Pentagon Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for Unprecedented Financial Review

December 11, 2017 Editor's note: Pentagon officials initially misstated the number of auditors. This story has been updated with the correct number. The Defense Department is finally beginning an audit of its finances, following years of calls for greater transparency and failed attempts to make its accounts fully reviewable. Defense Comptroller David Norquist...

Defense Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for First Ever Financial Review

December 8, 2017 The Defense Department is finally beginning an audit of its finances, following years of calls for greater transparency and failed attempts to make its accounts fully reviewable. Defense Comptroller David Norquist made the announcement Thursday, saying the department’s inspector general would begin the audit in December. Starting in 2018, Norquist...

EPA Promises Not to Silence Scientists, Pushes Review of Climate Change Assumptions

December 8, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer prevent agency scientists from presenting their research, Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers this week, though he said he will move forward with his plan to give more weight to anti-climate change research. Pruitt told the House Energy and Science Committee’s panel on the...