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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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Border Agents Say They're 'Woefully Understaffed,' Applaud National Guard Deployment

April 6, 2018 Federal agents on the front lines of the U.S.-Mexico border are “excited” about the forthcoming deployment of the National Guard to assist them in their mission, according to the employees’ union, with officials noting that the extra personnel will help offset their being “woefully understaffed.” The guardsmen will serve in...

Unintended Tax Reform Fallout Creating 'Potentially Ruinous' Bills for Thousands of Feds

April 5, 2018 About 25,000 federal employees per year could face a massive new tax liability under a provision of the overhaul of the U.S. Tax Code President Trump signed into law this year, thanks to the removal of a deduction that helped employees forced to relocate by their agency. The issue particularly...

Trump Looks to Slash Agency Budget Increases He Just Signed Into Law

April 4, 2018 President Trump has said for weeks that the agreement he recently signed into law to set spending levels at agencies across government for fiscal 2018 provided far too much funding on the non-defense side of the ledger, and the White House is now considering its options to roll back some...

EPA’s Planned Office Closure Could Run Afoul of Congressional Mandate

April 3, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with plans to consolidate an office in Las Vegas and potentially lay off the employees who work there, despite a mandate from Congress to not close any regional offices or engage in any large-scale workforce reshaping. EPA officials sent “management directed reassignment” letters...

What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

April 2, 2018 President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency for maintaining what he views...

Pruitt's Low-Rent Apartment in 2017 Raises New Ethics Questions

March 30, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared to pay well below market rate for an apartment he rented in Washington, D.C., last year, putting him in possible violation of federal ethics rules. Pruitt rented an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington from a health care lobbyist in 2017,...

Lawmakers, Veterans Groups and Former Officials Worry VA Nominee Is Not 'Up to the Job'

March 29, 2018 With David Shulkin now ousted from the Veterans Affairs Department, all eyes are on President Trump’s nominated replacement to see where he comes down on the most pressing issue at VA: How large a role should the private sector play in providing health care to veterans? One problem for observers...

Trump Fires Shulkin, Taps Personal Physician Ronny Jackson to Lead VA

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Wednesday fired Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin, ending weeks of speculation surrounding the embattled agency head. In what has become a pattern, Trump announced his decision over Twitter. He said he will nominate Navy Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the White House physician since...

Trump Fires Shulkin, Taps Personal Physician Ronny Jackson to Lead VA

March 28, 2018 President Trump on Wednesday fired Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin, ending weeks of speculation surrounding the embattled agency head. In what has become a pattern, Trump announced his decision over Twitter. He said he will nominate Navy Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the White House physician since...

Bipartisan Bill Would Let Some Feds Boost Their Pensions, for a Price

March 28, 2018 Some federal employees could soon have an option to increase their pensions or retire earlier under a new, bipartisan bill that would provide a boost to civil servants who worked at some point in a temporary status. The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5389) would enable employees who worked for...