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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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Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 15, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

How Trump Can Successfully Reorganize the Government

August 15, 2017 To successfully implement its plan to reorganize government, the Trump administration should empower federal leaders and agencies, former personnel and management officials said at a panel discussion Tuesday. Speaking at the Washington headquarters of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, the former Republican leaders were supportive of Trump’s executive...

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 14, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

CBP Administered Polygraphs to Applicants Already Admitting Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking

August 11, 2017 Customs and Border Protection is spending millions of dollars conducting lie-detector tests on job applicants who have already admitted disqualifying information during their interviews, according to the Homeland Security Department inspector general. The IG warned the wastefulness could derail President Trump’s planned hiring spree at the agency. While a 2010...

EPA Employees Are Earning Emergency Premium Pay Without Justification

August 10, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency is paying employees above their legal salary caps without the required justification, according to a new report. Nearly 75 percent of EPA employees at the agency’s region 10 based in Seattle, Wash., who were paid above the statutory biweekly cap in fiscal year 2015 through Jan....

USPS Losses Grow to $2.1 Billion in Third Quarter

August 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.1 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, including $587 million in what the agency deems “controllable losses,” a significant increase over the previous year. Revenue in the quarter actually stayed virtually flat in the period between April 1 and June 30 compared to...

Defense Contractor Billed Government for Porsches, Million-Dollar Salaries and Secret Guns

August 9, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from the Defense Department. A contractor providing intelligence and training services to the Defense Department billed luxury cars to the government, sought reimbursements for the salaries of well-connected secretaries who did little in the way of actual work and exceeded statutory caps for...

New Labor Contract Will Give 200K Postal Workers a Raise, but Trim Their Benefits

August 8, 2017 More than 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees will soon receive a pay raise but face a slight decrease in health benefits under a new labor contract formally agreed to this week. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 213,000 city mailmen and women across the country, ratified an agreement...

House to Consider Remaining Eight Spending Bills in One Package After Recess

August 8, 2017 The House plans to consider the eight remaining spending bills that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown en masse when it returns from recess in September. The package would set the appropriations for all federal agencies except for those already included in a “minibus” bill that covered defense,...

Senate Passes Bill to 'Crack Down' on Feds Spending Improperly

August 7, 2017 Federal employees could soon face increased oversight on their use of government travel and purchase cards, with the Senate unanimously approving a measure aimed at curbing misuse and abuse of spending. The Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act would task the General Services...