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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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Scandal-Plagued VA Secretary Vows to Rid Department of Adversaries Who 'Don't Belong'

February 27, 2018 The embattled head of the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday shook off any indication that he might step down from his post in the wake of a scandal regarding his travel last year, saying he was setting the direction for the agency and everyone should either get on board or...

Dozens of Lawmakers From Both Parties Implore Justice Dept. Not to Cut 6,000 Jobs

February 26, 2018 Fifty-two members of Congress across the ideological spectrum are asking the Justice Department not to eliminate 6,000 jobs, imploring officials to reconsider a recent mandate to eliminate the positions. The lawmakers said the the Bureau of Prisons should not cut the thousands of vacancies at federal facilities nationwide, noting they...

Senators Try Yet Again to Crack Down on VA’s Senior Executives

February 23, 2018 In 2014, the top career executives at the Veterans Affairs Department faced a new process to expedite their removal under a measure signed into law by President Obama. Last year, President Trump signed a new law replacing that authority and again creating a separate, faster track for VA to fire...

Watchdog Groups Create Guide to Help Feds Protect Themselves Against Political Misconduct

February 22, 2018 Federal scientists should write down all instances of agency personnel interfering with their work, a group of government watchdog and employee advocate groups warned this week. It will help them protect both themselves and their work. Documenting potential abuses is particularly important “in a hostile environment for science,” the groups...

Two Congressional Committees Probe Pruitt’s First-Class Travel

February 21, 2018 Two congressional committees have launched probes into the travel of the Environmental Protection Agency chief, who has faced backlash for his use of first-class travel on the government’s dime. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Democrats on the the House Energy and...

Agencies Will Have to Race the Clock to Spend Massive Influx of Money

February 20, 2018 After years of absorbing cuts or flat spending levels, most federal agencies will soon face a novel dilemma: spending a massive influx of money with only a few months to get it out the door. A recent agreement struck by congressional leadership and signed into law by President Trump boosted...

New Deportation Officer Hires Dropped in Half in Trump’s First Year

February 16, 2018 The Trump administration is failing to hire law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws despite a significant push to do so, according to new Homeland Security Department documents. The hiring of new deportation officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped in half to just 371 total in 2017, according to...

New Federal Senior Executives Are Being Left in the Dark As They Start Their Jobs

February 16, 2018 New senior executives in government are often not receiving information about their jobs or how to be successful during their onboarding process, according to a new survey of the government’s top civil servants. The Office of Personnel Management released the first-of-its-kind survey of Senior Executive Service members to “establish a...

VA Secretary Shulkin Faces Only Mild Criticism From Congress Over Travel Abuse Allegations

February 15, 2018 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department faced only minor disapproval on Capitol Hill in the wake of a watchdog report that found him guilty of improperly using government resources while traveling abroad and lying about it, with members of Congress seemingly accepting his response as adequate. VA Secretary David...

Senate Confirms Trump's Top Management Nominee

February 15, 2018 The Senate Wednesday evening confirmed the Trump administration's nominee for the top management position in government, approving her in a unanimous voice vote. Margaret Weichert will serve as the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, a key role for setting the president’s management and federal workforce agenda....