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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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Applications to Border Patrol Spiked in Trump's First Year in Office

June 28, 2018 The Trump administration is seeing a surge in applicants to fill the additional Border Patrol jobs that the president has demanded, but the agency is still losing more employees than it can bring on board. Applications to serve as a Border Patrol agent tripled between fiscal years 2013 and 2017,...

VA Nominee Promises to Protect Against Privatization, Boost Pay for Some Employees

June 27, 2018 President Trump’s third nominee to serve as head of the Veterans Affairs Department faced a relatively smooth confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with lawmakers on both sides demonstrating little interest in blocking his appointment. Robert Wilkie, who served as acting VA secretary after President Trump fired David Shulkin earlier this year...

Trump's Postal Privatization Plan Met With Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

June 27, 2018 The White House’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is unlikely to find much traction in Congress, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticizing the suggested fundamental overhaul of the mailing agency. Lawmakers across the ideological spectrum who have expressed an interest in postal issues showed little...

White House Defends Government Reorganization Proposals Amid Congressional Criticism

June 27, 2018 The White House fended off a barrage of criticisms and concerns over its plan to reorganize the federal government during a hearing to review the proposal on Wednesday, with members of both parties pushing back on key parts of the plan. Facing the objections, Office of Management and Budget Deputy...

Trump's Postal Privatization Plan Met With Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

June 26, 2018 The White House’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is unlikely to find much traction in Congress, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticizing the suggested fundamental overhaul of the mailing agency. Lawmakers across the ideological spectrum who have expressed an interest in postal issues showed little...

Immigration Judges Are 'Shocked and Disappointed' by Trump’s Disparagements

June 25, 2018 Federal immigration judges were “shocked” and “dismayed” by President Trump’s recent criticisms of their ethics and general necessity, according to the head of their labor group. In recent days Trump suggested that the judges, federal employees housed within the Justice Department, were vulnerable to corruption. Expanding the bench from the...

8 Key Proposals for Feds in Trump's Reorganization Plan

June 25, 2018 An array of proposals put forward last week by the Trump administration to reorganize and reform federal agencies would have major impacts on their workforces. The plan did not spell out specific procedures for shedding federal jobs—as the White House initially called for—and officials said they were not concerned about...

Proposed OPM Reorganization Draws Widespread Criticism

June 22, 2018 The Trump administration’s proposal to shuttle the Office of Personnel Management’s service responsibilities to other agencies and bring its policy arm into the White House’s management structure drew nearly unanimous condemnation since it was announced Thursday, including from a former architect of the reorganization plan. The plan would send the...

Senate Intervenes on Behalf of IG After VA Questions the Watchdog's Authority

June 22, 2018 The Senate this week unanimously intervened in a dispute between the Veterans Affairs Department and its inspector general, voting to tell the agency it cannot make any efforts to block the watchdog’s investigations. The 96-0 vote came as an amendment to a VA spending bill and after a back-and-forth exchange...

White House's Plan for the Postal Service: Fix It, Then Privatize It

June 21, 2018 The Trump administration on Thursday called for the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service, an agency with 600,000 federal employees and whose creation was codified by the Constitution. The White House made the proposal in its wide-ranging plan to reorganize the federal government. Privatizing the postal service was among 32...