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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 71-80 of 2013

Trump Administration’s Transparency Questioned as It Awards First Border Wall Contracts

September 1, 2017 The Trump administration has taken another step forward in building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Despite not yet receiving authorization for the president’s signature campaign promise, the Homeland Security Department has selected four companies to build prototypes. The potential awardees will build the sample barriers with reinforced...

Feds in Harvey's Path Are Sleeping in Their Offices to Keep Agencies Operational

August 31, 2017 More than three-dozen federal facilities in Southeast Texas closed due to Harvey, according to federal officials, forcing employees to take leave, work remotely or in some cases, fight through the storm to perform mission-critical work. Harvey has wrought serious destruction and record flooding since it made landfall as a hurricane...

DHS Employs a Reliable Tactic to Fulfill Trump’s Mandated Hiring Surge—More Money

August 29, 2017 The Trump administration is turning to a tried and true recruiting strategy to fulfill a massive hiring surge ordered by the president: offering more money. Customs and Border Protection has yet to make a significant dent in Trump’s mandate to hire 5,000 new employees, but it is taking new measures...

8,500 Federal Employees Are Aiding the Harvey Response—Here’s What They’re Doing

August 28, 2017 Federal agencies across government have deployed employees to Texas and elsewhere in response to Hurricane Harvey, with more than 8,500 workers directly contributing to relief efforts. Several agencies have been been taking action for days and weeks before Harvey made landfall Friday evening, through forecasting and preparatory work. The efforts...

Interior’s High-Profile Whistleblower Gets a Boost From OSC and Legal Community

August 25, 2017 The federal government’s whistleblower protection office is investigating the claims of retaliation against perhaps the civil service’s most famous whistleblower in the Trump administration, and he has new backing from a group of legal scholars. Joel Clement made a name for himself by writing an op-ed in The Washington Post...

Lack of Political Leadership Could Hamper Harvey Response, Katrina Veterans Warn

August 25, 2017 Career staff are well positioned to provide disaster response and assistance as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas and Louisiana Friday, according to former leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the career employees could run into problems coordinating with counterparts at other agencies without political leadership. Harvey is...

EPA Has Slashed Its Criminal Investigation Division in Half

August 24, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency employs about half as many criminal investigators as it did a more than a decade ago, according to newly released documents, corresponding to a dramatic dropoff in the number of new criminal cases against those who violate environmental laws and regulations. EPA currently has 147 special...

‘Believe Me:’ Trump Promises Shutdown if Congress Doesn’t Fund the Border Wall

August 23, 2017 President Donald Trump vowed to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means first shutting down the government. Trump made his pledge at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday. It was the president’s clearest statement to date he would not sign any spending bill...

Did Ben Carson Violate a Federal Law at Trump’s Campaign Rally?

August 23, 2017 Ben Carson spoke of God, shared values, his career as a surgeon and the fleeting nature of life itself in a short address at a campaign rally for President Trump on Tuesday. At no point did he discuss his current job, the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department....

‘Believe Me:’ Trump Promises Shutdown if Congress Doesn’t Fund the Border Wall

August 23, 2017 President Trump vowed to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means first shutting down the government. Trump made his pledge at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday. It was the president’s clearest statement to date he would not sign any spending bill to...