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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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DHS Spent Millions on Conferences It Didn’t Report

July 14, 2017 The Homeland Security Department failed to report nearly two dozen conferences in 2014 and 2015 with a cumulative price tag of more than $3.5 million, according to a new report, skirting federal requirements. DHS did not publicly report two out of every three conferences that cost more than $100,000, the...

Lawmakers Task Trump Administration With Overhauling Federal Hiring

July 14, 2017 Lawmakers want to hear the Trump administration’s ideas for overhauling the federal hiring process, and are allowing just more than a year to come up with a plan. House appropriators in their report on the fiscal 2018 financial services and general government spending bill tasked the Office of Personnel Management...

House GOP Rejects Massive EPA, Interior Cuts While Approving Buyouts at Both Agencies

July 13, 2017 House Republicans do not plan to go along with President Trump’s proposal to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, putting forward a spending bill with far less severe budget cuts that still supports efforts to reduce the agencies’ workforces. The House Appropriations Committee would still cut EPA’s...

House-Backed Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Feds Who Discriminate

July 12, 2017 Federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections under a bill agreed to unanimously by the House on Tuesday, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions. Equal Employment Opportunity programs would operate independently of any human capital or general counsel offices under the 2017 Federal Employee...

Staff Cuts and Budget Increases Are Both on Tap for 2019

July 12, 2017 The Trump administration has provided federal agencies with the latitude to request up to a 5 percent funding boost in fiscal 2019, saying the White House may accommodate a “limited number” of programmatic increases in its final blueprint. Generally, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a...

Lawmakers, VA Eye More Civil Service Reforms After New Firing Law

July 11, 2017 Just weeks after President Trump signed into law an overhaul of how the Veterans Affairs Department fires employees, Congress is taking another crack at major civil service reforms at the agency. The proposals focused primarily on recruiting and hiring changes, such as giving the secretary greater latitude on onboarding and...

Postal Service Forced to Pay Overtime for Employees Taking Time Off to Campaign in 2016 Election

July 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service spent $90,000 on overtime to cover for employees who took time off to campaign in advance of the 2016 election, according to a new report. Unionized postal workers are allowed to take unpaid leave to engage in official activities on behalf of their labor groups, according...

VA Becomes the First Federal Agency to Publicly Post All Major Disciplinary Actions

July 7, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has begun publicly posting all major disciplinary actions taken against its employees, saying the action will send a message about the new culture the Trump administration is imposing at the agency. The postings are the first of its kind in the federal government, VA Secretary David...

Budget and Leadership Problems Plague 2020 Census, Raising Concern on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2017 It is getting into crunch time for the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 decennial headcount, and members of Congress and outside groups alike are expressing deep concern about the agency’s preparation. Key oversight lawmakers in both the House and Senate have sent letters in recent days seeking...

Trump Uses Major Foreign Address to Bash Bureaucracy

July 6, 2017 President Trump on Thursday used a major foreign address to rail against those in his government back home, using anti-bureaucracy rhetoric as a common Western democratic rallying cry. In a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Trump spoke of the shared values between the United States and its allies. Part of that...