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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 131-140 of 2012

Agencies Send Employees Guidance on Travel Ban Implementation

June 29, 2017 Federal agencies provided guidance to employees as they prepared to implement President Trump’s travel ban, just days after receiving clearance from the Supreme Court to move forward with some sections of the controversial executive order. The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it had sent guidance to Customs and Border Protection...

Trump Administration Looks to Give Federal Employees Fewer Opioids

June 28, 2017 The Trump administration is promising to give federal employees injured on the job fewer prescription opioids, noting the risk of substance abuse for that line of treatment. The Labor Department’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation instituted new rules that took effect this week, which will limit the duration of opioid...

Federal Agencies Promise 'Professional, Organized' Implementation of Trump's Travel Ban

June 27, 2017 The Trump administration is promising an orderly implementation of the parts of the president’s travel executive order the Supreme Court on Monday allowed to move forward, looking to avoid the turbulent rollout that plagued the policy in its initial iteration. The nation’s top court said the administration may begin blocking...

Privatized Tax Debt Collection Again Sparks Firestorm

June 26, 2017 This story has been updated with additional comment. Some taxpayers are receiving advice to borrow against their homes or retirement savings to pay off their tax debts under a new program that has outsourced that collection to private companies. The Internal Revenue Service has contracted with four debt collectors in...

Supreme Court Rules on Civil Service Law

June 23, 2017 The Supreme Court on Friday ruled against the government and in favor of a former Census Bureau employee, finding certain federal workers who appeal adverse actions on the basis of both civil service and antidiscrimination violations should file their cases in district court. In a 7-2 opinion, the court ruled...

Trump Calls Civil Service Laws ‘Outdated’ in Signing VA Firing Reform

June 23, 2017 President Trump on Friday signed a reform of civil service laws at the Veterans Affairs Department, saying he was “very proud” to be enacting the bill to ease the firing of employees. Trump highlighted what he called the “transformative change” his administration has already implemented and said the VA Accountability...

Can Volunteers Save Federal Lands and Create a Hiring Pipeline for Agencies?

June 22, 2017 Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress and political parties want to create a corps of volunteers to help maintain and preserve federal lands and parks, who would then receive a leg up when applying for federal jobs. The 2017 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act would codify and expand the...

Senators Express Dismay Over VA’s Sudden Budget Shortfall

June 22, 2017 A group of senators has expressed disappointment and confusion with the Veterans Affairs Department for its lack of clarity on the budget for one of its key programs. VA said it had plenty of money to carry the program into the next fiscal year just weeks before requesting an emergency...

OMB Needs Bigger Budget So It Can Cut Other Agencies, Director Says

June 21, 2017 Democratic lawmakers grilled the head of the Office of Management and Budget at a hearing Wednesday for boosting his own agency’s budget while slashing spending levels for most of the rest of government. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney defended the proposed 5 percent bump for fiscal 2018, saying the agency was...

Interior Is Moving Forward With Buyouts, Leaves Door Open for RIFs

June 21, 2017 The Interior Department is moving forward with buyouts and early outs despite pushback from lawmakers in both parties on the Trump administration’s proposed massive cuts to the agency’s budget. Interior will rely on attrition, reassignments and separation incentives to reduce the size of its workforce, Secretary Ryan Zinke told a...