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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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White House Expected to Keep Postal Task Force Report Secret Until After Midterms

August 30, 2018 The Trump administration is planning to keep secret until after the mid-term elections a report delivered to the president earlier this month with suggestions for reforming the U.S. Postal Service, according to individuals with knowledge of the plan. Led by the Treasury Department, the task force delivered its recommendations to...

Federal Official Boosted Use of Private Prisons; Now He Has a Top Job at One

August 29, 2018 A former federal official who earlier this year instructed the Bureau of Prisons to identify inmates to be transferred to private detention centers has left his government job for a position with one of the largest contractors housing federal prisoners. In January, Government Executive reported that Frank Lara, then the...

Bipartisan Bill Would Reverse Trump's Order on Executive Branch Judges

August 28, 2018 A pair of senators is looking to reverse a recent executive order issued by President Trump to remove administrative law judges from the competitive service, which critics have warned could strip the executive branch employees of their independence. President Trump in July issued an executive order that would allow agency...

Trump Demands an International Mailing System to Better Benefit USPS and U.S. Mailers

August 27, 2018 President Trump has demanded that the U.S. government charge foreign countries a higher rate for international shipping, stating in a presidential memorandum that other nations are unfairly receiving cheaper rates than postal customers sending packages domestically. Trump said the changes should take shape at a meeting of the Universal Postal...

Group Sues Trump Administration Over Secret Influence of Outsiders

August 17, 2018 A veterans group has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration accusing it of secretly enabling a group of private individuals to have undue influence on decision-making at the Veterans Affairs Department, violating a decades-old federal sunshine law. VA allowed a “council” of three individuals who belong to the President...

Postal Service to Ask Justice Dept. to Intervene in Fight to Ban Employees From Taking Time Off to Campaign

August 17, 2018 On Thursday, Government Executive reported that the Postal Service lost a union appeal challenging a new policy the agency had implemented to ban its workers from taking unpaid time off to campaign for political candidates. By Friday morning, the Postal Service announced it was gearing up for a fight. The...

USPS Must Rescind Its Ban on Employees Taking Leave to Campaign for Union-Backed Candidates

August 16, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service must reverse a new policy that banned employees from taking unpaid time off to campaign for political candidates ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, a third-party arbitrator has ruled. The decision came after postal unions challenged the policy as violating their collective bargaining agreements and First...

One Quarter of Suspended Feds Have Been Suspended Before

August 15, 2018 One in four federal employees suspended by federal agencies in 2016 had been suspended before, according to a new review, which suggested an array of best practices for agencies to reduce misconduct in the workplace. About 60 percent of serious disciplinary actions—including suspensions of more than 14 days, firings and...

Treasury Deletes Potentially Unlawful Trump Retweet

August 15, 2018 The Treasury Department appeared to flout a federal law on Wednesday when it retweeted a post from President Trump touting the electoral success of the Republican party. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on the clock or in an official capacity. A Treasury...

Three-Quarters of Homeland Security's Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements Fail to Comply With Federal Law

August 14, 2018 President Trump, it turns out, is not the only person in the federal government making his staff sign non-disclosure agreements. The Homeland Security Department regularly requires its employees, contractors, detailees and consultants to sign NDAs in order to access DHS systems and information. In 75 percent of those agreements signed...