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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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Federal Employees Last Year Broke Record for Proving Retaliation By Managers

June 13, 2018 The agency tasked with protecting federal employees from whistleblower retaliation and other actions prohibited by civil service laws issued a record number of decisions favorable to workers last year, sending what it called a “warning” to federal supervisors not to engage in improper conduct. Of the complaints the Office of...

The Postal Service Is Not Subject to Trump's Workforce Executive Orders

June 12, 2018 President Trump’s executive orders on the federal workforce will carve out about 600,000 federal employees: those at the U.S. Postal Service. The Office of Personnel Management confirmed the exemption to Government Executive after informing one of the major postal unions directly. The orders aim to streamline the disciplinary process for...

White House Tells Agencies to Give D.C.-Area Feds Time Off During Capitals Stanley Cup Parade

June 11, 2018 Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C.-area will encourage their employees to take leave on Tuesday for the duration of a parade to celebrate the Washington Capitals National Hockey League championship. The Office of Personnel Management is also allowing agencies in the national capital region to authorize telework and other workplace...

Trump Administration Begins Probing Private Landowners Along Border Over Wall Construction

June 11, 2018 The Trump administration has begun asking non-federal landholders along the U.S.-Mexico border for permission to survey their properties to assess the details of building a wall on them, ramping up the timeline for the White House’s signature issue. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers started sending...

Postal Stakeholders Are Impressed With Trump's Task Force So Far

June 8, 2018 President Trump’s task force to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service is up and running, and despite concerns that its members would simply follow the direction preset by the tweeter-in-chief, stakeholders in the postal community are impressed with seriousness and attention to detail with which the group has approached its undertaking....

House Passes Bill to Rescind $15 Billion From Federal Agencies

June 7, 2018 The House on Thursday approved 210-206 President Trump’s proposal to revoke $15 billion in appropriated funds from federal agencies, the first such rescission package since the Clinton administration. Most of the clawbacks would not affect agencies directly, as they deal with money that Congress appropriated that went unspent or that...

Major Changes to Federal Separation Pay and Hiring Tucked Into Senate Defense Bill

June 7, 2018 The Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would dramatically alter the federal hiring process and permanently boost the maximum buyout agencies can offer their employees. The hiring changes included in the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act stem from a bill a Senate panel cleared last year to enable...

Administration Official: Don’t Forget We Also Want to Reward Good Feds

June 6, 2018 A key Trump administration official said on Wednesday that while the attention from President Trump’s recent civil service executive orders focused on disciplinary measures, the president views as equally important the provisions to better reward top performers. With unemployment numbers so low, competition for talent with the private sector is...

The Trump Administration Is Begging Congress to Give It Less Money

June 5, 2018 The Trump administration sent multiple letters to Congress this week asking it to give federal agencies less money than lawmakers are planning, continuing a pattern in which the White House has said it needs less money to run the bureaucracy than the Republican-controlled Congress wants to allocate. In a series...

Claiming 'Significant Shift,' Pentagon Seeks to Boost Civilian Hiring

June 4, 2018 President Trump and White House officials have repeatedly made clear they expect every federal agency in government to slash its workforce. The Defense Department, however, is going its own way. The largest federal agency said in a recent business plan that while other agencies may need to cut employees, it...