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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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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...

Trump Says FBI Is 'In Tatters,' But Agents and Employee Surveys Paint a Different Picture

December 4, 2017 FBI agents and former officials have sharply rejected a criticism President Trump directed at the agency this weekend, saying the bureau is still held in high esteem and its workforce remains dedicated. The comments came after Trump tweeted over the weekend that the FBI was “in tatters” due to poor...

Postal Regulator Allows Higher Rates, but Denies USPS Autonomy in Setting Prices

December 1, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to face a cap restricting its annual price increases, the agency’s regulators ruled on Friday, dealing a blow to the cash-strapped agency looking to boost its revenue as customer demand for traditional mailing services declines. The news was not all bad for the Postal...

Republicans Look to Push Shutdown Deadline Back Two Weeks

November 30, 2017 Federal agencies are likely to remain on auto-pilot for two additional weeks past the current funding deadline as congressional Republicans push a plan for another short-term spending measure. The move would buy lawmakers time past Dec. 8, when the current continuing resolution is set to expire, to negotiate a broader...

VA Pledges to Stop Covering Up Its Doctors' Bad Behavior

November 29, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department pledged to boost its oversight and reporting of poorly performing doctors, telling lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday it was already taking steps to fix the lack of accountability first identified in a watchdog investigation unveiled this week. VA promised to more quickly investigate and report...

The Agencies Cutting the Most Regulations

November 28, 2017 In July, the Trump administration reported it had withdrawn 457 agency rules proposed by its predecessors. A new report shows that is the highest total of revoked regulations in any half-year period in more than 20 years. A group critical of President Trump’s efforts to deregulate issued the report detailing...