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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.
Workforce

Embassy on Near Lockdown After Mass COVID-19 Outbreak Among Staff

At least 114 employees at the U.S. embassy in Kabul have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Oversight

Senator Seeks Probe Into Potential Civil Service Violations Under Biden

Top Banking Committee Republican is demanding answers from the administration and asking the IG for a full investigation.

Management

Agencies to Boost Hiring, Tighten Internal Screening to Root Out Domestic Terrorism

Biden administration launches new strategy to tackle domestic extremism, including by looking in house.

Management

Biden Employs Aggressive Strategy to Sideline Top Career Officials at Consumer Protection Bureau

Current and former employees say the administration is flouting civil service protections—and its own promises.

Workforce

Even Feds With Lifetime Tenure Can Be Fired for Cause, Court Rules

The dismissal does not require a special procedure, court finds in new precedent-setting case.

Management

Biden Signals He Wants to Expand VA's Footprint, Misses Deadline to Nominate Commissioners to Review It

White House is pushing big investment in veterans' medical facilities as commission initially designed to recommend consolidations takes shape.

Workforce

IRS Defends Proposed Hiring Surge Amid Pushback

Top officials seeks to convince skeptical Republicans that the agency can quickly address longstanding issues with more resources and personnel.

Management

Biden Administration Leaves Final Location of Interior Bureau an Open Question

The Trump administration moved the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado, a controversial decision that led to an exodus from the agency.

Workforce

Lawmakers Say Biden's Deployments of Feds to the Border Risk Agency Missions

Republican House members ask for data on governmentwide details set up to address uptick in migrant children.

Management

USPS Projects Continuing Mail Delays, Setting Targets Well Below Historical Standards

As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeks to implement reforms and justify changes, he once again finds himself on the hot seat.

Workforce

Lawmakers Criticize Navy's Plan to Drastically Slash Civilian Jobs in Internal Audit Office

Agency itself says it "will not be able to accomplish its mission" if Navy moves forward with 70% reduction.

Management

USPS Faces Preemptive Backlash to Expected Soaring Price Hikes

Customers fear the 7% or higher rate increase allowed under a new pricing system would have a net negative effect on the Postal Service.

Management

EPA Admits to Altering Science Under Trump, Pledges New Course

Senior management demanded modifications to scientific conclusions that "did not make sense," career employees said.