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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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It's Unclear Whether New Law and Push from Trump Have Increased VA Firings

January 16, 2018 In June, President Trump said a new measure to ease the firing of employees at the Veterans Affairs Department that he was signing into law marked a “transformative change.” One year into his presidency, however, and six months after the enactment of the law, the administration that made firing more...

Just One in Six Feds Say They’re Excited to Implement Trump's Agenda

January 16, 2018 Federal employees overwhelmingly believe President Trump does not respect them, according to a new survey, and a plurality think he has negatively affected their agencies’ missions. Overall, 59 percent of federal employees disapprove of how Trump is handling his job as president after his first year in office, while 38...

White House Sued Over 'Cloaked' Agency Reorganization Proposals

January 11, 2018 The Trump administration is facing a lawsuit for its lack of transparency on its plan to reorganize federal agencies and reshape their workforces, with one group saying documents related to those plans should be released as public records. Specifically, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is suing the Office of Management...

Agencies Aren't Catching Bad Supervisors Early Enough

January 10, 2018 Federal agencies are failing to take advantage of their authority to remove new supervisors and managers while they are on their initial probationary period, according to a new report, allowing those without the necessary skills to instead remain in their jobs. Just six out of every 1,000 new supervisors fail...

Fearing ‘Breaking Point,’ Border Security Officials Press for More Pay and Manpower

January 9, 2018 Lawmakers and federal employee representatives at a congressional hearing Tuesday pushed for more manpower to enforce immigration laws and secure the border, saying financial incentives were needed to recruit and retain personnel for hard-to-fill positions. A panel of the House Homeland Security Committee heard from four federal union leaders, three...

USPS Offers Early Retirement to 26,000 Employees

January 8, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service is looking to shed thousands of employees in early 2018, offering early retirement incentives to 26,000 mail handlers and clerks. All employees who accept the offer must separate from the agency by the end of March. Eligible workers can also choose to retire by the end...

As New Deadline Looms, 25K Feds Await Court-Ordered Payout From Last Shutdown

January 4, 2018 More than 25,000 federal employees are still awaiting financial compensation for damages sustained during the 2013 government shutdown, nearly one year after a federal court ordered the payments. The delay, according to Heidi Burakiewicz, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the collective action lawsuit, has resulted from the government having...

VA Enables Vets to Discuss Marijuana Use With Doctors Without Losing Benefits

January 3, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is now allowing its doctors to discuss medical marijuana with patients, according to a new directive. The department’s physicians located in states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, which is still labeled a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, may consult with veterans about their...

Agencies Can Indefinitely Suspend Indicted Feds, Court Rules

January 2, 2018 Federal agencies may suspend indefinitely any employees potentially involved in a crime before they are found guilty, according to a new ruling, as long as they have been indicted by a grand jury. In Henderson v. The Veterans Affairs Department, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled...

The Federal Agencies Americans Like the Most

January 2, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is the least popular federal agency in the country among more than a dozen included in a new survey, while the U.S. Postal Service earned the most positive reviews. The Secret Service saw the biggest gains in popularity since the last Gallup poll rating agencies in...