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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 1-10 of 2011

Senate Seeks Much Smaller Spending Cuts Than Trump and the House, at Some Agencies

1:54 PM ET Senate Republicans are poised to fund several key agencies at significantly higher levels than the Trump administration requested, though Democrats are still decrying what they see as overly harsh reductions. The cuts also are less severe than those approved by the House in September, setting the framework for the forthcoming...

Trump Vows Justice (and a Wall) After Border Patrol Agent Was Killed on Duty

November 20, 2017 A Border Patrol agent in Texas agent was killed in the line of duty on Sunday while another remains in serious condition, prompting President Trump to promise justice and reiterate his desire for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The deceased agent, Rogelio Martinez, died while on patrol in the...

Trump to Congress: Offset Disaster Relief With Cuts to Agency Spending

November 17, 2017 President Trump on Friday asked Congress to cut federal agency spending by $11 billion and consider further reductions to their fiscal 2018 appropriations to help offset the costs of emergency disaster relief in the wake of several major hurricanes and wildfires. The cuts the White House suggested would result from...

The White House Is Refusing to Comply With Congressional Inquiries Into Travel Spending

November 17, 2017 The White House is refusing to comply with a bipartisan congressional records request into its spending on travel and the use of government aircraft by political appointees, according to a committee making the request. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the respective chairman and ranking member of the...

Trump Administration Reverses Key Immigration Decision After Postal Service Screwup

November 16, 2017 The Trump administration has reversed an earlier decision and will now allow undocumented immigrants with special status more time to prolong their legal residency in the country after the U.S. Postal Service admitted its actions delayed the delivery of applications past a deadline for renewal. The immigrants in question were...

Navy Poised to Fire Employee After Failing for 4 Years to Accommodate Her Disability

November 16, 2017 In 2011, Dawn Dunphy decided she wanted to boost her professional skill set to pursue a new career in the federal government. “I wanted to serve my country,” says Dunphy, who graduated from the University of Maine with a masters in business administration in 2013. It worked. Upon graduating, Dunphy...

Watchdog Warns Uncorrected Mistakes Risk Billions During Disaster Recovery

November 14, 2017 A watchdog agency is warning about potential fraudulent spending by the federal government in the wake of several major natural disasters this year as local officials from affected regions pledged full transparency on their recovery spending at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has failed to...

Postal Service Suffers First 'Controllable' Loss in Five Years

November 14, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.7 billion in fiscal 2017, less than half the deficit the agency racked up in the previous year. More troubling for USPS, however, was its net controllable income went from a $610 million profit to a $814 million loss in the fiscal year that ended...

House Speaker Says Congress Likely to Stave Off Shutdown With CR Through 2017

November 14, 2017 Congress is likely to pass another stopgap spending bill to keep agencies open through the remainder of 2017, according to House Republican leadership. Lawmakers are considering extending the continuing resolution past its current expiration date of Dec. 8, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on Tuesday. The move will likely...

The EPA Is Taking Years to Resolve Discrimination and Harassment Cases

November 13, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency has violated federal rules in delaying for years a process to protect employees claiming discrimination or harassment, drastically underperforming on the requirement that agencies resolve those cases within 60 days. EPA took an average of 491 days to issue a final decision following a complaint of...