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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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Two Congressional Committees Probe Pruitt’s First-Class Travel

February 21, 2018 Two congressional committees have launched probes into the travel of the Environmental Protection Agency chief, who has faced backlash for his use of first-class travel on the government’s dime. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Democrats on the the House Energy and...

Agencies Will Have to Race the Clock to Spend Massive Influx of Money

February 20, 2018 After years of absorbing cuts or flat spending levels, most federal agencies will soon face a novel dilemma: spending a massive influx of money with only a few months to get it out the door. A recent agreement struck by congressional leadership and signed into law by President Trump boosted...

New Deportation Officer Hires Dropped in Half in Trump’s First Year

February 16, 2018 The Trump administration is failing to hire law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws despite a significant push to do so, according to new Homeland Security Department documents. The hiring of new deportation officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped in half to just 371 total in 2017, according to...

New Federal Senior Executives Are Being Left in the Dark As They Start Their Jobs

February 16, 2018 New senior executives in government are often not receiving information about their jobs or how to be successful during their onboarding process, according to a new survey of the government’s top civil servants. The Office of Personnel Management released the first-of-its-kind survey of Senior Executive Service members to “establish a...

VA Secretary Shulkin Faces Only Mild Criticism From Congress Over Travel Abuse Allegations

February 15, 2018 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department faced only minor disapproval on Capitol Hill in the wake of a watchdog report that found him guilty of improperly using government resources while traveling abroad and lying about it, with members of Congress seemingly accepting his response as adequate. VA Secretary David...

Senate Confirms Trump's Top Management Nominee

February 15, 2018 The Senate Wednesday evening confirmed the Trump administration's nominee for the top management position in government, approving her in a unanimous voice vote. Margaret Weichert will serve as the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, a key role for setting the president’s management and federal workforce agenda....

VA Secretary Improperly Accepted Tennis Tickets and Billed Taxpayers for Wife's Travel, IG Says

February 14, 2018 Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin improperly paid for his wife’s travel, accepted gifts and lied about it, according to a new report from the agency’s watchdog. The VA’s inspector general said in an administrative investigation report that Shulkin took several inappropriate actions during and in the aftermath of his...

The Hiring Surges in Trump's Otherwise Cut-Filled Budget

February 13, 2018 Early in President Trump’s tenure, his administration issued a directive calling on all federal agencies to include long-term plans to reduce their workforces as part of the fiscal 2019 budget proposal. To kick things off, agencies proposed shedding a net total of 10,000 workers that year. That figure belies much...

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $80B Savings Package

February 13, 2018 President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2019 budget released Monday, calling for a slew of changes that would provide the agency with an additional $80 billion over 10 years. Trump’s proposals largely mirrored those submitted in his last budget, as well as legislation that has...

Transferring Responsibilities and Consolidating Offices Highlight Trump Reorganization Plan

February 12, 2018 More than one year after President Trump issued an executive order calling on all federal agencies to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize and reform themselves, the administration has proposed what it is now calling a “first step” toward submitting those changes. The proposals were laid out in Trump’s fiscal...