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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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Behind the Scenes of Implementing Trump's Border Hiring Surges

July 13, 2018 The Trump administration has devoted significant manpower and financial resources to implementing the president’s immigration executive orders, according to a new report, despite the fact that Congress has declined to approve the new priorities as required. At Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for example, agency employees in the human capital office...

Multi-Agency Review Finds No Examples of Fraudulent Use of Government Charge Cards

July 13, 2018 When investigators go digging into federal agencies’ use of government charge cards, they often find illegal expenditures at bowling alleys, restaurants or even casinos. But when inspectors general recently conducted a large-scale, 20-agency review of 1,255 “high-risk transactions,” they found no examples of “potentially illegal, improper, or erroneous transactions.” The...

Here’s What House Democrats Envision Happening After They Abolish ICE

July 12, 2018 The movement to abolish the federal agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws in the interior of the United States has gained momentum in recent weeks, and lawmakers on Thursday for the first time detailed in legislation exactly how they envisioned this would play out. The Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement...

New EPA Chief Promises to Defend Employees' Work While Continuing Regulatory Rollbacks

July 11, 2018 The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a promise in his first address to its workforce: I trust you, and I will listen to you. Those words may be welcomed by employees who spent much of former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tenure voicing frustration that they had been sidelined...

White House: 'Untrue and Misleading' That Reorg Plan Will Reduce Federal Workforce

July 11, 2018 When the White House announced its government reorganization proposal last month, it was met with skepticism among federal employee advocates, who said the plan was a veiled effort to slash services and the workers who provide them. “There’s little reason to believe this reorganization plan is anything more than a...

The Trump Administration Is Struggling to Reunify Young Separated Immigrants With Their Parents

July 10, 2018 The Trump administration has reunited just four of 102 separated immigrant children younger than five years old with their parents as of Tuesday, according to documents it filed in federal court, putting it at risk of violating a judge’s order. Immigration and Customs Enforcement expected to reunite an additional 34...

Trump Pardons Men Who Inspired Armed Occupation of Federal Facility

July 10, 2018 President Trump on Tuesday pardoned two ranchers convicted of maliciously damaging federal property and whose arrests inspired an armed militia to occupy a federal facility for 40 days. Convicted arsonists Dwight Hammond and his son Steven received full pardons from Trump. They were sentenced in 2012 for setting a fire...

Rejecting Agency's Offer, Postal Supervisors Fight for a Bigger Pay Raise

July 9, 2018 A major U.S. Postal Service group is challenging the pay raises offered by the agency, appealing to a third party to offer more significant salary increases to tens of thousands of postal workers. The raises will affect most of the 45,000 supervisors, managers, postmasters and technical specialists covered under the...

Pence Slams 'Abolish ICE' Movement, Calls for End to Attacks on Agents

July 6, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence lauded immigration enforcement agents in an address Friday, while castigating their opponents and promising to support and enhance their mission despite a growing chorus of criticism. Pence spoke at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, using the occasion to shine a negative light on...

Trump Admin Says It Will Comply With Court Order to Reunite Families Separated at the Border

July 5, 2018 The Trump administration has vowed to comply with a court order implementing a strict time frame for reuniting immigrant children that it had separated from its parents, though it said meeting such an “artificial” schedule would come with a significant cost. The Health and Human Services Department has in its...