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Eric Katz

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.
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.
Pay & Benefits

Senators Look to Identify Tax Delinquent Feds

IRS hasn't compiled such a list in years, but previously used one to prioritize debt collection.

Management

Warren Pledges Major Overhaul of Federal Hiring and Ethics Laws

The Democratic presidential contender pledges to use executive branch experience to rebuild the civil service.

Pay & Benefits

Senate Passes Bill to Provide Higher Pay to VA Execs

Measure also prevents department from having to collect compensation it already paid out.

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Workforce

Census Is Now Fielding 25K Job Applications Per Day

Despite some early setbacks, Census says its hiring efforts will prove "swimmingly successful."

Pay & Benefits

Interior Still Threatening to Deny Incentives to Employees It Has Relocated West

Employees have already decided if they will move, but Interior says a lack of additional appropriations from Congress could block promised financial assistance.

Pay & Benefits

White House Tasks Agencies With Getting Injured Feds Back on the Job Faster

New initiative would also seek to reduce workplace injuries to decrease "the financial burden of injury on taxpayers."

Management

Bipartisan Bill Would Ease Process for Leasing and Building New VA Medical Facilities

Senators hope new staffing and less red tape would help VA stem cost overruns and delays that have plagued development of new medical centers.

Management

Trump Administration Makes Its Case to Break Up Immigration Judges' Union

Justice Department "simply does not want to deal with a vocal union that asserts its rights," labor group argues at hearing.

Management

As Battle Lines Are Drawn for Successor, USPS Chief Delays Retirement Indefinitely

Various Postal Service-connected organizations want their interests considered as board searches for new postmaster general.

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Management

NIH Works to Prevent Sexual Harassment Among Federally Funded Researchers 

Agency has already taken some recommended steps but others will take longer, director says.

Management

Organizations Are Improperly Offering Yoga Classes and $20K Weddings in National Parks

"Learning centers" should reimburse the National Park Service for federal funds they received, auditor says. 

Management

How Talking to the Elderly and Assessing Air Quality Could Help USPS Grow Revenue

The Postal Service is pursuing opportunities, but such efforts are more likely to benefit society writ large than the agency's finances.

Management

Trump Signs 2020 Spending Bills, Averting Midnight Shutdown

The $1.4 trillion measures boost funding for most agencies and provide a 3.1% pay raise to civilian feds.