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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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EPA Clashes With IG Over Destroyed Documents

April 19, 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to downplay allegations that officials there destroyed documents rather than turn them over to the agency's watchdog, though investigators maintain the officials took the actions to impede their work. The dispute began last month, when EPA’s inspector general issued a “management alert” that personnel...

IRS Doesn't Fire Its Tax-Delinquent Employees as the Law Requires

April 18, 2019 The Internal Revenue Service fails to fire the overwhelming majority of employees who are delinquent on their taxes, despite a legal requirement to do so. Of the 1,250 employees the IRS identified as not fully paying their tax bills or not doing so on time in fiscal 2017, it only...

Government Ethics Office to Issue First-Ever Rule on Feds Accepting Donations for Legal Defense

April 17, 2019 The federal government’s ethics watchdog is preparing to issue a first-of-its kind formal rule on federal employees who accept donations to pay for legal fees, seeking public input as high-profile Trump administration officials have drawn scrutiny for their use of such funds. The Office of Government Ethics has never issued...

One Presidential Candidate Has a Plan to Boost Funding, Employment for Federal Lands

April 16, 2019 A top-tier presidential candidate vying for the Democratic nomination has put forward a new proposal aimed at better protecting federal lands and employing more federally funded workers to maintain them. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., unveiled the policy this week, saying it would reverse recent trends that have put public lands...

New VA Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

April 16, 2019 The Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog is investigating a new office created by President Trump early in his administration that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but is now facing allegations of aiding retaliation against them. VA’s Office of Inspector General is leading the investigation from its new Office of...

New Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

April 16, 2019 The Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog is investigating a new office created by President Trump early in his administration that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but is now facing allegations of aiding retaliation against them. VA’s Office of Inspector General is leading the investigation from its new Office of...

New Agreement Creates Alternative Path for Feds to Resolve Discrimination Cases

April 11, 2019 Two agencies have struck an agreement to enable federal employees to more quickly resolve cases involving alleged workplace discrimination or harassment, creating a new alternative path to a formal hearing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin identifying cases to send the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service under a memorandum...

VA Predicts Bumpy Rollout of New Program to Give Vets Access to Private Care

April 10, 2019 The Trump administration is issuing late warnings that its rollout of a new program to streamline and expand access to private sector health care will be a bumpy ride. The Veterans Affairs Department has entered crunch time as it prepares to implement the VA Mission Act, which President Trump signed...

What Trump's Move to End Central American Aid Will Look Like

April 9, 2019 President Trump’s recent decision to cut off aid to three Central American countries over a surge in migration from those nations is creating major operational challenges at a critical time for U.S. officials charged with managing those aid programs. The details of how and when the administration will stop sending...

Trump Upends Homeland Security Department in Mass Removal of Top Staff

April 9, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Monday executed a dramatic overhaul of leadership at the Homeland Security Department, adding several top officials and component chiefs to the list of top brass removed from their jobs in recent days. The White House confirmed Randolph “Tex” Alles would step down as head of the Secret...