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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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Defense Is Not Meeting Requirements to Slash Headquarters Offices

September 25, 2018 The Defense Department is falling behind on requirements to cut its headquarters offices, according to a new audit, and appears to have no clear understanding of how much its cost-reduction efforts to date have actually saved. A provision of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization law required the Pentagon to slash...

ICE’s Expanded Use of Local Law Enforcement Came Without Adequate Planning or Resources

September 24, 2018 The Trump administration has successfully ramped up a program that allows the federal government to deputize local law enforcement agencies to identify, process and detain violators of immigration law, but a new audit found that it has done so without much planning or allocation of resources. The number of state...

ICE’s Expanded Use of Local Law Enforcement Came Without Adequate Planning or Resources

September 24, 2018 The Trump administration has successfully ramped up a program that allows the federal government to deputize local law enforcement agencies to identify, process and detain violators of immigration law, but a new audit found that it has done so without much planning or allocation of resources. The number of state...

Why It Matters If Rod Rosenstein Resigns or Trump Fires Him

September 24, 2018 Multiple news outlets on Monday morning reported that Rod Rosenstein, the second ranking official in the Justice Department, was soon to be on his way out of the Trump administration. Although White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tamped down speculation that Rosentstein's departure was imminent, she said in a tweet...

Contract Expires for 200K Postal Workers, Negotiations Extended a Month

September 21, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service’s contract with a union representing 200,000 employees expired on Thursday, but both sides agreed to extend their talks one more month to reach a new agreement. The clerks, mechanics, drivers, custodians and other workers represented by the American Postal Workers Union will remain covered during the...

Federal Science Agencies Launch New Policies to Root Out ‘Pervasive Culture of Sexual Harassment’

September 20, 2018 Two of the primary science-focused agencies in the federal government have revamped their sexual harassment policies in response to findings of widespread problems in the community and are working together for further changes to rid themselves of the “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” in the field. The National Science Foundation’s...

Dozens of Senators From Both Parties Push Measure to Block Trump's USPS Privatization Plan

September 19, 2018 A bipartisan group of senators representing more than one-quarter of the upper chamber this week put forward a measure to block the Trump administration from moving forward with its plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. The resolution (S.Res. 633) follows a companion in the House introduced this summer with...

GOP Overseers Investigate Trump's Use of the Secret Service

September 18, 2018 The Secret Service is again asking lawmakers to lift the cap on overtime pay for agents, but this time congressional Republicans want answers. President Trump signed a bill earlier this year to raise the statutory limit on overtime pay for Secret Service agents providing protective details, both for 2018 and...

Senate Joins House in Passing Bill to Limit Postal Service Role in Opioid Crisis

September 17, 2018 The Senate on Monday approved a measure 99-1 to overhaul the international mailing system in an effort to shed the U.S. Postal Service’s reputation as providing a loophole for illicit drug manufacturers abetting the nation’s opioid crisis. Many lawmakers and stakeholders have for years pushed the reform, which would require...

How 4,000 Federal Employees Are Assisting in Hurricane Florence Response

September 14, 2018 Nearly 4,000 federal employees are currently working on the response to Hurricane Florence, the White House said Friday, as the storm continued to bring heavy winds and rain to North and South Carolina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the effort, deploying more than 1,000 of its workers to...