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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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Treasury Taps Federal Pensions, TSP G Fund Investments to Avoid Debt Default

December 12, 2017 The Treasury Department has suspended investments into federal employees' pensions, as the government butts up against its statutory borrowing limit. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the step as part of the measures he is permitted to take to delay the government defaulting on its debt. In addition to the Civil...

See Who Would Get Furloughed in a 2017 Shutdown

December 11, 2017 A slew of federal agencies for the first time since 2015 have updated their shutdown contingency plans, noting who would continue to work and who would get sent home in the event Congress fails to reach a budget deal just before Christmas. Before President Trump on Dec. 8 signed a...

Pentagon Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for Unprecedented Financial Review

December 11, 2017 Editor's note: Pentagon officials initially misstated the number of auditors. This story has been updated with the correct number. The Defense Department is finally beginning an audit of its finances, following years of calls for greater transparency and failed attempts to make its accounts fully reviewable. Defense Comptroller David Norquist...

Defense Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for First Ever Financial Review

December 8, 2017 The Defense Department is finally beginning an audit of its finances, following years of calls for greater transparency and failed attempts to make its accounts fully reviewable. Defense Comptroller David Norquist made the announcement Thursday, saying the department’s inspector general would begin the audit in December. Starting in 2018, Norquist...

EPA Promises Not to Silence Scientists, Pushes Review of Climate Change Assumptions

December 8, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer prevent agency scientists from presenting their research, Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers this week, though he said he will move forward with his plan to give more weight to anti-climate change research. Pruitt told the House Energy and Science Committee’s panel on the...

Tillerson Promises No Layoffs at State

December 7, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed not to lay off any employees, saying Thursday the department will rely solely on attrition to cut its workforce. Tillerson reiterated his goal to reduce the number of full-time staff by 8 percent, not including the 50,000 overseas employees. That would require a cut...

FBI Director Rejects Trump’s Criticisms, Says Agency’s Reputation is ‘Quite Good’

December 7, 2017 The head of the FBI on Thursday pushed back on President Trump’s condemnation of the agency earlier this week, defending its reputation and the work of its employees. FBI Director Christopher Wray’s comments came at a House Judiciary Committee hearing just days after Trump tweeted the agency’s reputation was “in...

Trump on Shutdown: 'It Could Happen'

December 6, 2017 President Trump warned on Wednesday a government shutdown could happen this week, pointing the blame at Democrats for putting too many demands on the spending process. Trump made his remarks at a Cabinet meeting, sparking fears of an appropriations lapse just days before the current stopgap measure is set to...

Despite Trump’s Push, the Border Patrol Is Losing More Agents Than It Can Hire

December 5, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is making some progress in fulfilling President Trump’s mandated hiring spree, according to a year-end report, but is still failing to bring on more border agents than it loses through attrition. Customs and Border Protection hired a total of 1,477 frontline personnel in fiscal 2017, the...

Agencies Begin Posting Their Shutdown Furlough Plans

December 4, 2017 Federal agencies for the first time since 2015 are beginning to update their shutdown contingency plans, noting who would continue to work and who would get sent home in the event Congress fails to reach a budget deal. White House officials warned agencies they should begin preparing for a lapse...