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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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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...

Veterans Affairs to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Health-Records System

June 5, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin. In a press release, Shulkin said he took the highly unusual step of signing a “determination of findings” in order to issue a solicitation directly...

Veterans Affairs to Adopt Same Commercial Health Records Platform as DOD

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin. In a press release, Shulkin said he took the highly unusual step of signing a “determination of findings” in order to issue a solicitation directly...

With MSPB Hamstrung, Congress Clears Appeals Extension Bill

May 26, 2017 The House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would give federal employees more time to have their personnel cases heard, clearing a legislative fix required by a lack of political appointments. The bill has now gone from introduction to passing both the House and Senate in just two weeks,...

Interior Plans to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirements

May 25, 2017 The Interior Department will rely on financial incentives to meet workforce reduction goals, according to the Trump administration's budget documents. Interior, like all agencies, is currently drafting initial plans to restructure itself and reduce the size of its workforce. The department is planning to eliminate more than 6 percent of...

11 Major Agency Reforms in Trump’s Budget

May 24, 2017 President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget includes significant changes to federal agencies’ missions and functions, including an array of spending cuts and program eliminations. Many of those proposals are likely dead on arrival, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle already speaking out against various elements of Trump’s $54 billion...

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package

May 23, 2017 President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years. Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently...