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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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Civil Service System Is an Outdated Relic, But Congress Should Tread Carefully

April 6, 2017 A Senate panel that has promised bipartisan civil service reform heard from agencies and good-government groups on what those changes might look like at a roundtable discussion Thursday, though many of the proposals put forth suggest that management action would be far more important than anything Congress would enact. All...

Congress Votes to Extend Troubled VA Private Care Program

April 5, 2017 The House on Wednesday passed a measure to extend a struggling program to provide more veterans access to private care on the government’s dime, which will now head to President Trump for his signature. The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, which the Senate approved earlier this week, would attempt to...

DHS Secretary Promises 'Better Pay Systems, Better Benefits'

April 5, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is looking for way to reform the pay structures at its various agencies, its new secretary told a Senate committee Wednesday, saying the current system is too fragmented. The department will attempt to “unify” the array of pay systems in place at components such as Customs...

Few Details Emerge on Trump's Workforce Attrition Plan, but Past Proposals May Offer Clues

April 4, 2017 The Trump administration is offering few details on the nature of the attrition plan it has promised to deliver in a little more than two weeks, but the man heading the initiative may look to his own past to draw inspiration in his effort to reduce the size of the...

Trump Donates First Three Months of Salary to Federal Agency

April 3, 2017 President Trump will donate the first three months of his salary to the National Park Service, the White House announced Monday. The donation will provide $78,333.32 to the agency. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer formally presented the check to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke and Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent of...

Citing Porn Watcher, VA Secretary Begs Congress for More Firing Authority

April 3, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department should be able to fire any employee caught watching pornography at work immediately, according to its recently sworn in secretary. The request comes after a Houston-based medical center employee was found, after a “through [sic] internal review,” to have viewed pornography while with a patient. The...

Trump Begins Naming Lower Level Management Nominees

March 31, 2017 President Trump on Thursday nominated two more appointees to serve in his administration, one as a top ranking Veterans Affairs Department official and another to head Customs and Border Protection. Trump put forward more than two dozen names in March to serve in deputy, assistant and under secretary roles, as...

Should Federal Police Take Their Service Guns Home With Them?

March 30, 2017 A senator wants the U.S. Postal Service to allow its internal police to carry their government-issued firearms even when off the clock, saying it would help keep the officers safe. The Postal Inspection Service’s uniformed police officers currently must lock their guns at their duty locations at the end of...

Deal to Avoid Shutdown Isn't Likely to Include Trump's Proposed 2017 Cuts

March 29, 2017 Republicans in Congress are indicating they will deal with President Trump’s request to cut a total of $18 billion from most non-defense agencies separately from the looming shutdown fight, saying they will handle the White House’s funding proposal another time. Federal agencies are funded on a continuing resolution through April...

Trump Instructs Federal Agencies to Stop Considering Climate Change

March 28, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday overturning a requirement that federal agencies consider climate change in their operations, saying it would reduce regulation and create jobs. Trump’s action repealed an executive order signed by President Obama in 2013 that aimed to “enhance climate preparedness and resilience” at federal...