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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

Few BLM Employees Agree to Relocate as Interior Attempts to Ease Pain of Those It Will Fire

So far just two employees have agreed to move from Washington headquarters to new locations in western states.

Management

Census Still Has More Steps to Take to Ensure It Doesn't Hire More Child Sex Offenders, IG Says

The agency hired a registered sex offender earlier this year, who was arrested for engaging in a sexual act with a child two months later.

Management

Lawmakers Reach Year-Long Funding Deal 'In Principle'

Most agencies are in line for spending bumps over fiscal 2019 levels thanks to a budget deal President Trump signed into law earlier this year.

Management

IRS Privatization Program for Collecting Tax Debts Triples Profits in 2019

The new revenue is helping IRS hire, but critics warn program is targeting nation's most vulnerable taxpayers and lagging behind projections.

Oversight

House Passes Bill to Boost Civil Rights at Homeland Security

Legislation follows surge of whistleblowers saying civil rights office has been neutered under Trump.

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Management

Postal Regulators Lay Out New Proposal to Enable Larger USPS Rate Hikes

Mailers say the new system could create uncertainty and drive customers away from the Postal Service.

Management

Court Affirms Agencies Don't Have to Negotiate Over Performance Appraisals

Management can shift the number of appraisal levels without bargaining with unions, court says.

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Workforce

DOJ Employees Say They're 'Afraid' After Department Argues in Court Against LGBTQ Protections

Employees say morale is tanking and some are questioning their commitment to the Justice Department over its positions.

Oversight

Census Fails Key Recruiting and Hiring Tests as It Gears Up for 2020 Count

Despite warnings of delays and cost overruns, agency says it's confident operations will not be interrupted.

Management

President Trump Signs Stopgap Bill Averting Shutdown for One Month

Lawmakers hope to pass full-year funding by Dec. 20, but caution the president could still throw a wrench into those plans.

Management

House Passes Month-Long Spending Bill With Two Days Until Shutdown

Congress appears likely to avoid a Thanksgiving lapse in appropriations, but will face a new deadline near Christmas.