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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.
Results 41-50 of 2013

Federal Agencies Significantly Ramp Up California Wildfire Response

October 12, 2017 There are now 1,500 federal personnel fighting wildfires in California, a dramatic increase from just a few days ago. Fires across northern California have killed at least 23 people, destroyed hundreds of structures and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. Federal agencies—led primarily by the Forest Service—had just...

House Approves Bill to Give Cost-Saving Feds $20,000 Bonuses

October 11, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to give bonuses of up to $20,000 to employees who find ways to cut costs at their agencies. The 2017 Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378), introduced by Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., would increase the maximum bonus available to...

Government's Ethics Watchdog Warns Trump Team to Improve Behavior

October 11, 2017 Federal agency heads have received a stern warning from the government’s chief ethics watchdog, advising them to go beyond what is merely legal to set an example for their employees. David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, sent a letter to agency leaders Oct. 5 following a...

Hundreds of Federal Personnel Aiding in Fighting California Wildfires

October 10, 2017 Federal agencies have hundreds of firefighters working to put out flames raging throughout California, officials said Tuesday, aiding in efforts to contain blazes that have devastated large portions of the state. The Forest Service has about 500 personnel combating the fires, which have burned through more than 100,000 acres of...

House Authorizes Hiring Spree of 10,000 Feds

October 6, 2017 House lawmakers are pushing the Homeland Security Department to hire 10,000 new employees, doubling a request initially made by President Trump. The 2017 Border Security for America Act (H.R. 3548) would authorize Customs and Border Protection to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and an additional 5,000 customs officers. The...

FEMA Still Planning Additional Influx of Federal Personnel in Puerto Rico

October 6, 2017 The Trump administration on Thursday promised a large increase in the number of federal personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico, noting it still has a significant amount of short and long-term work ahead of it to help the hurricane-ravaged island. Federal agencies have already deployed 14,000 personnel to the...

House Democrats: Hold Hearings on the 'Degradation of the Federal Workforce'

October 5, 2017 House Democrats are calling for hearings on what they call the Trump administration’s “degradation of the federal workforce,” complaining federal agencies are conducting their White House-mandated reorganizations with little transparency or oversight. Eighteen Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested an increased spotlight on the administration’s efforts...

Interior Whistleblower Resigns, Citing 'All-Out Assault on the Civil Service'

October 4, 2017 A career civil servant who claimed retribution by the Trump administration after speaking out as a whistleblower resigned from his post on Wednesday, citing poor leadership and wasteful spending as the factors that drove him out. Joel Clement was one of dozens of Senior Executive Service employees reassigned to different...

Reforms Allowing Agencies to Hire Faster Advance Through Senate Panel

October 4, 2017 Federal agencies would receive an array of authorities to speed hiring under a series of bills approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. Two measures would boost hiring flexibility for agencies governmentwide looking to fill critical gaps, as well as for applicants coming from post-secondary schools. Another measure would aim...

Administration Official Violated Law by Retweeting Trump, Watchdog Says

October 3, 2017 Another member of President Trump’s team is in trouble for violating the Hatch Act, with a watchdog now citing his ambassador to the United Nations for improperly engaging in political activity. Nikki Haley transgressed when retweeting a message from Trump that endorsed then-congressional candidate Ralph Norman, a Republican from Haley’s...