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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.
Oversight

Federal Court Blocks Postal Service's Controversial Operational Changes Nationwide

USPS has admitted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's reforms caused delays, which the judge found politically motivated and risked disenfranchising voters.

Management

Postal Employees Skeptical as Top Officials Testify They Were 'Appalled' Over Mail Delays

Top brass from USPS headquarters say slowdown was caused by local officials misinterpreting Louis DeJoy's initiatives.

Workforce

OPM Moves to Allow Agencies to Appoint Some Employees Into 10-Year Temporary Jobs

Trump administration says regulation would provide key flexibility, but it could also circumvent normal hiring procedures and benefits.

Management

In Court, USPS Blames Mail Delays on 'Poor Judgment' by Local Supervisors

Top officials deflect criticism away from initiatives implemented by embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Management

'Perfect Storm' Threatens 'Major Institutional Defeat' for the Census, Top Watchdog Says

The decennial count is ahead of schedule overall, but a condensed schedule and hiring shortfalls are creating significant risks.

Management

The Government Is Failing to Notify Employees of COVID Cases in Their Buildings or Ensure Cleaning, IG Says

The approach is "threatening the health and safety of federal workers, contractors, building occupants and the public," lawmaker said.

Workforce

New Trump Administration Strategy Leaves Fired Feds Seeking Recourse in Indefinite Purgatory

Select agencies are finding success in allowing firings to persist by arguing appeals board judges cannot legally issue rulings.

Workforce

Trump Administration Misled Congress to Justify Relocating Employees, IG Says

The decision to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado, was not all about growing costs, as agency officials suggested.

Management

USPS Is Fighting to Block the Release of Data on Mail Delays

The Postal Service is fending off pressures before its regulator and federal courts, but it's already suffered one setback.

Pay & Benefits

Federal Employees Will Have Payroll Taxes Deferred in Next Paychecks, Processor Says

Trump faces allegations he is using the federal workforce as a 'guinea pig' for a policy that won't impact most Americans.

Workforce

Office Created to Protect Whistleblowers and Discipline Senior Execs Is Doing Little of Either

Trump has praised the office, but a new internal report shows it has recommended discipline in just 0.2% of cases.