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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.
Results 121-130 of 2012

Staff Cuts and Budget Increases Are Both on Tap for 2019

July 12, 2017 The Trump administration has provided federal agencies with the latitude to request up to a 5 percent funding boost in fiscal 2019, saying the White House may accommodate a “limited number” of programmatic increases in its final blueprint. Generally, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a...

Lawmakers, VA Eye More Civil Service Reforms After New Firing Law

July 11, 2017 Just weeks after President Trump signed into law an overhaul of how the Veterans Affairs Department fires employees, Congress is taking another crack at major civil service reforms at the agency. The proposals focused primarily on recruiting and hiring changes, such as giving the secretary greater latitude on onboarding and...

Postal Service Forced to Pay Overtime for Employees Taking Time Off to Campaign in 2016 Election

July 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service spent $90,000 on overtime to cover for employees who took time off to campaign in advance of the 2016 election, according to a new report. Unionized postal workers are allowed to take unpaid leave to engage in official activities on behalf of their labor groups, according...

VA Becomes the First Federal Agency to Publicly Post All Major Disciplinary Actions

July 7, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has begun publicly posting all major disciplinary actions taken against its employees, saying the action will send a message about the new culture the Trump administration is imposing at the agency. The postings are the first of its kind in the federal government, VA Secretary David...

Budget and Leadership Problems Plague 2020 Census, Raising Concern on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2017 It is getting into crunch time for the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 decennial headcount, and members of Congress and outside groups alike are expressing deep concern about the agency’s preparation. Key oversight lawmakers in both the House and Senate have sent letters in recent days seeking...

Trump Uses Major Foreign Address to Bash Bureaucracy

July 6, 2017 President Trump on Thursday used a major foreign address to rail against those in his government back home, using anti-bureaucracy rhetoric as a common Western democratic rallying cry. In a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Trump spoke of the shared values between the United States and its allies. Part of that...

After Promising Fixes, National Park Service Faces Renewed Criticisms of Toxic Culture

July 5, 2017 Amid rampant accusations of sexual harassment and other widespread misconduct, the now acting director of the National Park Service promised last year to transform the agency by creating a plan to “fundamentally change” its culture. So far, NPS is not receiving good reviews. The NPS culture is instead breeding corruption,...

Lawmakers Reject White House Request for More Money to Cut Government

July 3, 2017 The White House Office of Management and Budget turned some heads on Capitol Hill when it requested a spending boost for itself while demanding cuts throughout the rest of the federal government. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney told an appropriations subcommittee last month that his agency faced new responsibilities—including overseeing restructuring...

Defense Authorization Bill Looks to Boost Civilian Workforce

June 30, 2017 House lawmakers are intent on protecting the Defense Department’s civilian workforce from unnecessary cuts, voting this week to require the Pentagon to submit a plan to ensure it retains a sufficient number of civil servants. An amendment added to the Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would require the report...

House Republicans Want to Eliminate Federal Election Assistance Agency

June 30, 2017 House Republicans are taking aim at a small federal agency that helps provide election oversight and guidance, saying its functions are no longer necessary. A spending bill from the House Appropriations Committee unveiled Thursday would give the Election Assistance Commission 60 days to terminate itself. The small agency was created...