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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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House GOP Gauges Trump Team’s Interest in Expediting Firing Across Government

October 25, 2017 A group of House Republicans and several conservative advocacy groups are planning to send a letter to Trump administration officials to promote and solicit interest in easing the firing process for employees across the federal government. Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., are gathering signatures for their letter,...

VA Secretary Asks Congress to Couple Hiring and Pay Reform With Private Care Expansion

October 24, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for expedited hiring authority and bonuses to help recruit and retain employees in conjunction with its push for expanding veterans’ access to private sector health care. VA Secretary David Shulkin made the request at a congressional hearing on Tuesday to examine both the...

House Votes to Ensure Lawmakers Can Oversee Homeland Security Reorganization

October 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers easily approved a measure on Monday to place tighter restrictions on the Homeland Security Department’s ability to reorganize itself, with members of Congress saying they wanted to ensure they had a voice in the process as the Trump administration looks to comprehensively restructure the federal government. The DHS...

House Votes to Ensure Lawmakers Can Oversee Homeland Security Reorganization

October 23, 2017 House lawmakers easily approved a measure on Monday to place tighter restrictions on the Homeland Security Department’s ability to reorganize itself, with members of Congress saying they wanted to ensure they had a voice in the process as the Trump administration looks to comprehensively restructure the federal government. The DHS...

Federal Agencies Deal With Sexual Misconduct Inconsistently

October 20, 2017 Federal agencies are operating with no clear definition of sexual misconduct and have doled out inconsistent punishments for those found to have engaged in the behavior, according to a new report from House Republicans. Dozens of agencies have no “table of penalties” detailing the disciplinary expectation for each type of...

Postal Service Asks Employees to Volunteer to Relocate to Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service is recruiting employees from the continental United States to serve stints in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where the agency is working slowly to restore normal services. USPS is not offering any relocation incentives, travel reimbursements or even food or lodging per diems. Volunteers will receive their regular...

Congress, FBI Already Investigating Potential Abuse of Federal Funds in Puerto Rico's Disaster Response

October 18, 2017 A congressional committee is investigating potential abuse of federal funds and resources provided to local municipalities in Puerto Rico, citing red flags raised by the FBI. The House Natural Resources Committee probed the Federal Emergency Management Agency and FBI regarding accusations of “mishandling and misappropriation of emergency supplies” provided by...

Trump Administration’s Plan to Expand Private Care for Vets Sparks Fight Over VA's Future

October 17, 2017 The Trump administration has issued its plan to streamline and expand its programs allowing veterans to receive health care from the private sector, igniting the first spark in an upcoming fight on the future of the government’s role in providing care to former military personnel. The Veterans Affairs Department wants...

DoJ Official Had Sex With 'Numerous' Women on Federal Property, Then Lied About It

October 16, 2017 A top career official at the Justice Department “engaged in sexual activity with several different women” on government property, according to a new investigative report. The chief deputy U.S. Marshals Service employee initially lied to the Justice inspector general when confronted about the activity, the auditors said on Monday. They...

Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into SES Reassignments

October 16, 2017 House Democrats are pushing back on the Trump administration’s quest to reassign senior executives in government, launching an investigation into job movements at the Interior Department. The reassignments “raise serious concerns” about retaliation and wasteful spending, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a recent letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke....