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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.
Management

USPS Regulator Approves Price Spike but Warns Mail Slowdowns Could Have Worse-Than-Expected Impact

Commission criticizes postal management for faulty assumptions, insufficient testing and disregard for customers.

Workforce

IRS Funding Surge Punted From Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Democrats still plan to fund major hiring boost for the tax agency in another measure.

Management

DOJ Will Not Prosecute Trump Officials After IG Referred Findings of False Testimony on Census

Investigators verified that former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross misled Congress, but the Justice Department said it won't pursue prosecution.

Management

State Dept. Promises 'Surge' Staffing to Confront Unprecedented Passport Backlog and Wait Times

Passport specialist workforce has yet to catch up to pre-pandemic levels, which were already well short of full staffing.

Workforce

Democrats Look to Redirect Homeland Security Hiring After Trump Era

Lawmakers advance funding measure that would slash the number of law enforcement officers at the department.

Management

Postal Service Asks Court to Toss Vehicle Fleet Lawsuit

Potential vendor says USPS' process was unfair, but mailing agency says company hasn't followed proper procedures.

Management

One Year Later, USPS Restores Service to Pre-DeJoy Levels

On-time mail delivery still falls short of its historical standard, with the Postal Service blaming employee absenteeism and other issues.

Management

Interior Launches Probe Into Role of Law Enforcement at Department

Task force will review policies in wake of forceful tactics used by Interior law enforcement during protests last year.

Workforce

EPA Directs Employees Not to Talk to the Press

Agency faces criticism of hypocrisy after promising new era of transparency.

Management

Agencies Ramp Up COVID-19 Deployments Again to Address Outbreaks

White House launches “surge response teams” just as agencies were starting to bring back federal personnel.

Workforce

As IRS Prepares for Onslaught of Hiring, Taxpayer Advocate Warns It Is Ill-Prepared

Challenges IRS has faced in the 2021 tax season could get worse without staffing surge and corresponding improvements to hiring processes, watchdog says.

Workforce

Lawmakers Advance Bills to Boost Federal Employee Protections, Agency Oversight

Republicans say measures would allow feds to "slow roll" policies and discourage individuals from joining government.