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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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Court Forces Agencies to Come Clean on Mid-Century Purge of Gay Feds

August 7, 2017 The FBI will soon have to turn over documents involving its role in purging the federal government of gay and lesbian employees, under a recent court ruling. A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group called the Mattachine Society challenged the Justice Department after its records request into the decades-long...

Trump Administration, Reversing Trend, Sheds 11,000 Federal Employees in Six Months

August 4, 2017 The Trump administration has shed nearly 11,000 federal employees during its first six months, reversing a two year trend of gains throughout the executive branch. A July jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday showed non-postal federal agencies employed 2,188,900 workers at the end of the month,...

Why Americans Wait Two Years to Have Their Social Security Claims Heard

August 4, 2017 The Trump administration is looking to restock the bench of executive branch judges who rule on cases ranging from Social Security disability claims to labor relations disputes, but advocates say that hiring would only partially fix the problems that ail agencies. The Office of Personnel Management announced this week that...

Social Security Offers Nearly Its Entire Workforce Early Retirement

August 4, 2017 The Social Security Administration is opening up separation incentives to nearly every job category across its workforce, with about one in four employees eligible to leave. The largest independent federal agency announced the early retirement offer in a June memorandum obtained by Government Executive. All employees who wish to take...

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...