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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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USPS' Pay for Performance System Isn't Rewarding Top Performing Employees

August 3, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service is failing to reward its top performers under a pay system designed to recognize excellence, according to a new report, instead relying on group metrics that collectively punish employees for the work of their colleagues. Using the Capital Metro Area as a sample, the USPS inspector...

Bill to Boost VA Hiring, Private Care Heads to Trump's Desk

August 2, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department will soon receive an influx of cash and flexibility to boost its facilities and staffing levels, under a bill approved by the Senate Wednesday that will now head to President Trump’s desk. The 2017 VA Choice and Quality Employment Act is a compromise bill put together...

There's No Proven Need for Trump's Mandated Hiring Spree at Homeland Security, IG Says

August 1, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has not proven a need for the 15,500 agents and officers President Trump requested in a January executive order, according to a new report, and would require more than 1.2 million applicants to fill the positions if current hiring and attrition rates persist. Customs and Border...

How Trump’s White House Shakeup Will Affect DHS

July 31, 2017 President Trump should act quickly to replace his recently reassigned leader of the Homeland Security Department, according to lawmakers, employee groups and former officials. Employees need direction at the top to successfully execute the administration’s agenda, the observers said. Trump moved former DHS Secretary John Kelly to the White House...

Republicans Take First Shots at Slashing Individual Federal Employees’ Salaries

July 27, 2017 House Republicans made their first use of a revived rule allowing them to target the salaries of individual employees, using the appropriations process to go after employees conducting work the lawmakers believe is obsolete. Conservative lawmakers initially targeted 89 employees at the Congressional Budget Office through an amendment to an...

Education Department Cannot Elaborate on Trump’s Donation

July 27, 2017 The Education Department could offer few details on President Trump’s donation to the agency after Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the gift on Wednesday, saying only it would be going toward a camp. DeVos briefly discussed Trump’s donation of his second quarter salary at a White House press briefing, explaining the...

As Trump Pledges to Triple Private Care for Vets, Congress Struggles to Save VA Program

July 26, 2017 Update: Since the publication of this story, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced that House and Senate lawmakers have reached an agreement that, if approved, would provide the department with $2.1 billion for the Choice Program while authorizing 28 “major medical leases.” House Democrats blocked a measure to provide the Veterans...

Initial House ‘Minibus’ Spending Bill Would Trigger Sequester

July 25, 2017 House Republicans are poised to move forward with a spending bill addressing one-quarter of the necessary segments to fund the federal government past October, even though the measure would trigger an across the-board sequester at the Defense Department. President Trump has indicated he would sign the “minibus” legislation, which, in...

Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing

July 25, 2017 Lawmakers are looking to reinstate a cap on the Defense Department’s service contract spending next year, amid concerns the Pentagon has unduly outsourced federal work. The measure was attached to the annual defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee, and would prevent Defense from spending more on...

Alleged Retaliation Against Senior Executives Prompts Bipartisan Concern

July 24, 2017 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about the Interior Department’s alleged retaliation against an employee who spoke out on the dangers of climate change, warning the Trump administration against reassignments as a means to silence civil servants. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the ranking member on the...