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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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Shutdown Negotiations Between Trump and Democrats Break Down Before Starting

November 28, 2017 Negotiations between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding the government past Dec. 8 broke down before they even began on Tuesday, with leaders of the minority party backing out of a meeting at the White House that they said was just for show. The White House had scheduled a...

From Electronic Puppets to Icelandic Fish, Senator Questions $500B in Federal Spending

November 27, 2017 From federal hiring and firing to Shakespeare-inspired dance routines with dogs to major policy reforms, a senator on Monday unveiled a report detailing what he identified as nearly half a trillion dollars in wasteful federal spending. The third annual report on “Federal Fumbles” from Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., listed an...

IG Cites Homeland Security for Abusing Its Power, Blocking Negative Report

November 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has abused its power to unearth information about a detractor and sought to prevent the release of a report criticizing it for mismanagement of one of President Trump’s most high-profile initiatives, according to the agency’s watchdog. The effort to quash a report from the DHS inspector...

IG Cites Homeland Security for Abusing Its Power, Blocking Negative Report

November 22, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has abused its power to unearth information about a detractor and sought to prevent the release of a report criticizing it for mismanagement of one of President Trump’s most high-profile initiatives, according to the agency’s watchdog. The effort to quash a report from the DHS inspector...

Senate Rejects Trump's Request for Immigration Enforcement Hiring Spree

November 21, 2017 Senate Republicans rebuffed President Trump’s request for a hiring spree at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, although lawmakers did support increased funding for other components at the Homeland Security Department in an appropriations bill released Tuesday. The Trump administration had requested 1,000 new ICE agents and 500 new Customs and Border...

Senate Seeks Much Smaller Spending Cuts Than Trump and the House, at Some Agencies

November 21, 2017 Senate Republicans are poised to fund several key agencies at significantly higher levels than the Trump administration requested, though Democrats are still decrying what they see as overly harsh reductions. The cuts also are less severe than those approved by the House in September, setting the framework for the forthcoming...

Trump Vows Justice (and a Wall) After Border Patrol Agent Was Killed on Duty

November 20, 2017 A Border Patrol agent in Texas agent was killed in the line of duty on Sunday while another remains in serious condition, prompting President Trump to promise justice and reiterate his desire for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The deceased agent, Rogelio Martinez, died while on patrol in the...

Trump to Congress: Offset Disaster Relief With Cuts to Agency Spending

November 17, 2017 President Trump on Friday asked Congress to cut federal agency spending by $11 billion and consider further reductions to their fiscal 2018 appropriations to help offset the costs of emergency disaster relief in the wake of several major hurricanes and wildfires. The cuts the White House suggested would result from...

The White House Is Refusing to Comply With Congressional Inquiries Into Travel Spending

November 17, 2017 The White House is refusing to comply with a bipartisan congressional records request into its spending on travel and the use of government aircraft by political appointees, according to a committee making the request. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the respective chairman and ranking member of the...

Trump Administration Reverses Key Immigration Decision After Postal Service Screwup

November 16, 2017 The Trump administration has reversed an earlier decision and will now allow undocumented immigrants with special status more time to prolong their legal residency in the country after the U.S. Postal Service admitted its actions delayed the delivery of applications past a deadline for renewal. The immigrants in question were...