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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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Agencies Promise Efficiencies, but Not Workforce Cuts in Reorganization Plans

June 15, 2017 Federal agencies working to restructure themselves are focusing primarily on serving their customers better rather than ways to cut the workforce, leaders told a Senate panel Thursday, which promised thorough oversight of the Trump administration’s reorganization efforts. Agency leaders said they were taking seriously suggestions from their rank-and-file employees on...

Contracting Dispute Delays OPM's Background Investigations Processing

June 14, 2017 The federal government’s ongoing efforts to hasten the processing of security clearances hit a speed bump this week, as an auditor ruled the Office of Personnel Management unfairly awarded a contract to a company seeking to provide support services in background investigations processing. The Government Accountability Office decision comes shortly...

Major Civil Service Reform Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk

June 13, 2017 The House on Tuesday passed 368-55 a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, sending reforms mostly Republican lawmakers have clamored for since scandal embroiled the agency three years ago to President Trump’s desk. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming...

Trump Administration to Undocumented Immigrants: 'You Should Be Worried'

June 13, 2017 Homeland Security Department officials defended President Trump’s immigration enforcement and border security priorities at a hearing Tuesday, supporting controversial proposals such as dramatic hiring surges and a border wall over objections and threats from Democratic lawmakers. Administration officials at a hearing held by the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee could...

House Republicans Push for Expedited, Consolidated 2018 Spending Bill

June 12, 2017 Congress should move forward swiftly with an omnibus bill to fund all federal agencies for fiscal 2018, according to a group representing more than 150 Republican lawmakers, which is pushing the approach in lieu of the more deliberate regular process. A consolidated, full-year appropriations bill would avoid the political gamesmanship...

Trump Announces New Federal Office to Cut Government Waste

June 9, 2017 President Trump pledged on Friday to transform the government and hold bureaucrats accountable, announcing a new office with the goal of slashing red tape. The office will be housed in the White House's Council on Environmental Quality to help federal, state and local entities more quickly launch building and infrastructure...

It Takes the Government More Than Two Years to Hire an Immigration Judge

June 8, 2017 President Trump’s efforts to quickly deport more immigrants in the country illegally could hit a major hurdle if his administration is not able to bring on judges more quickly and move cases through the system more efficiently, with the current system producing a growing backlog. It currently takes more than...

Trump’s VA Lays Out Plan to Boost Private Sector Care for Veterans

June 7, 2017 The Trump administration laid out its plans to further integrate private sector health care into the services the Veterans Affairs Department provides for its patients, though the VA’s leader said he had no interest in full-scale privatization. VA Secretary David Shulkin at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing called the...

Senate Approves Bill To Speed Up VA Firing

June 6, 2017 The Senate on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees despite outcry from employee groups that the new system is unfair and would upend the civil service. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming support...

CBO: Postal Reform Would Bring Cheaper Health Insurance Premiums to All Feds

June 6, 2017 All federal employees could see a better rate on their health insurance premiums under a bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. A key component of the 2017 Postal Service Reform Act would be the creation of a new health benefits...