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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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Following Spending Scandal, HUD Looks to Turn Around Its Finances

May 17, 2018 The Trump administration has faced an onslaught of questions pertaining to the spending habits of its top leaders, but at least one agency is trying to learn from its own scandal. The Housing and Urban Development Department fell into hot water when officials approved $31,000 in spending on new furniture...

House Passes Sweeping Bill to Overhaul VA-Funded Private Care, Shutter Facilities

May 16, 2018 The House on Wednesday passed 347-70 a major overhaul to veterans health care, voting to expand their access to private sector care on the government’s dime and to bring the Veterans Affairs Department through a process that would close some of its federally run facilities. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal...

House Passes Bill to Allow Federal Prison Guards to Take Their Personal Firearms to Work

May 16, 2018 The House on Tuesday passed a bill to allow federal correctional officers to bring their personal firearms to work and store them in secure lockers at their facilities. Supporters praised the measure as critical to ensuring safe commutes for the Bureau of Prisons employees. The Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer...

After 16 Months, State Department Ends Hiring Freeze

May 15, 2018 The State Department formally lifted its hiring freeze on Tuesday, ending a moratorium that has been in place for 16 months. Secretary Mike Pompeo announced the end of the freeze in a message to employees just weeks after his swearing in, fulfilling a promise he made during his confirmation hearing....

Trump’s Rescission Package Would Save Far Less Than White House Claims, CBO Says

May 14, 2018 President Trump’s proposed package to revoke federal spending would save only $1 billion in actual outlays over the next 10 years, according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, just 6 percent of the total cuts put forward in the plan. The White House has boasted the rescissions...

USPS Loses $1.3B in Second Quarter, More Than Doubling Its Losses From a Year Ago

May 11, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service on Friday announced a net loss of $1.3 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, more than doubling the negative margin it posted in the same period one year ago. Even when examining just the controllable parts of USPS’ business, which exclude certain non-operational expenses...

DHS Needs to Hire More Officers to Stop the Flow of Opioids, Report Finds

May 10, 2018 The Homeland Security Department needs thousands of additional port officers, according to its own internal analysis, which Democrats on a congressional oversight committee say could help stymie the flow of illicit opioids into the country. The need for more staffing at ports of entry runs in contrast to President Trump’s...

House Panel Approves Measure to Slash Some Pentagon Offices, Make Workforce Reforms

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House panel on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Pentagon to slash 25 percent of its spending on back office functions, with lawmakers saying the move would eliminate bureaucratic redundancy. The provision would cut one-fourth of funding for certain Defense Department-wide activities, such as logistics, human resources,...

House Panel Approves Measure to Slash Some Pentagon Offices, Make Workforce Reforms

May 10, 2018 A House panel on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Pentagon to slash 25 percent of its spending on back office functions, with lawmakers saying the move would eliminate bureaucratic redundancy. The provision would cut one-fourth of funding for certain Defense Department-wide activities, such as logistics, human resources,...

Trump Signs Order to Boost Military Spouse Hiring Across Federal Agencies

May 9, 2018 President Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order calling on federal agencies to better recruit the spouses of military personnel, also tasking them with developing new strategies to remove barriers to spousal employment. The order does not create new hiring incentives, but says agencies should promote those already on the...