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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 Produces No Evidence It Considered Public Input on Reorganizing Government

May 2, 2018 The White House has no records relating to its categorization or analysis of public input on how it should reorganize government, according to the results of a lawsuit filed by a watchdog group. Following President Trump’s 2017 executive order calling on all federal agencies to reform themselves by shedding workers...

Bipartisan Senate Group Demands Trump Team 'Immediately Cease' Shrinking of Federal Labor Relations Agency

May 1, 2018 A bipartisan group of more than a dozen senators is calling on the Trump administration to back off its plans to shutter two regional offices of the agency tasked with overseeing federal labor-management relations, saying the administration should “immediately cease” all planning related to the closures. The Federal Labor Relations...

New State Dept. Secretary Calls Workforce 'Patriots and Great Americans'

May 1, 2018 The recently sworn in State Department secretary made his first address to the workforce on Tuesday, praising his new employees and promising to listen to and learn from them. Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s second secretary of State, called his workforce “the most important diplomatic corps in the world” in his...

Trump's Top Immigration Enforcement Official to Retire

April 30, 2018 The head of the federal government’s immigration enforcement agency for virtually all of President Trump’s term is retiring, despite Trump having nominated him to serve in the position on a permanent basis. Thomas Homan, originally the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement before a vacancies law forced the agency...

White House Faces Lawsuit Alleging Temporary VA Leader Is Serving Unlawfully

April 30, 2018 The Trump administration is facing even more potential disruption with leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department, with two groups suing over the validity of the department's temporary leader just days after the president's nominee to serve as permanent secretary withdrew his name from consideration. Left-leaning VoteVets and government watchdog Democracy...

Trump Administration Bucks Report to Institute Quotas at Immigration Courts

April 27, 2018 When President Trump issued his first management agenda last month, one of the three pillars was to improve the government’s use of data. The White House said federal agencies would accomplish this by “providing high quality and timely information to inform evidence-based decision making.” In at least one case, the...

EPA’s Pruitt on Defensive to Congress, Deflecting Blame While Also Promising Changes

April 26, 2018 The embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency was defensive and at times defiant during two hearings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, his first appearances before Congress since the administrator has faced a barrage of allegations of questionable ethical behavior. The accusations amounted to “half truths” and “lies,” Scott Pruitt...

VA Tries to 'Restore Regular Order' Amid Leadership Uncertainty

April 26, 2018 With Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson withdrawing his name from consideration to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, even the Trump administration is admitting things are unraveling at the federal government’s second largest agency. In a statement released Wednesday evening, before Jackson announced his withdrawal, VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour said the...

White House to Meet With Federal Agencies to Ensure Enactment of Trump’s Agenda

April 25, 2018 The White House will soon meet with all federal agencies to review their strategic plans and evaluate whether they are meeting key performance goals, according to new guidance from its top management official. The meetings, which will take place over the summer, will ensure agencies are fulfilling President Trump’s priorities...

Senate Indefinitely Delays Hearing on Trump's VA Pick Amid Bipartisan Concerns

April 24, 2018 The Senate on Tuesday postponed a planned confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, putting in question whether lawmakers will ever approve the secretary-designate. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and ranking member Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced the delay following widespread reports...