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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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Veterans Affairs to Adopt Same Commercial Health Records Platform as DOD

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin. In a press release, Shulkin said he took the highly unusual step of signing a “determination of findings” in order to issue a solicitation directly...

With MSPB Hamstrung, Congress Clears Appeals Extension Bill

May 26, 2017 The House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would give federal employees more time to have their personnel cases heard, clearing a legislative fix required by a lack of political appointments. The bill has now gone from introduction to passing both the House and Senate in just two weeks,...

Interior Plans to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirements

May 25, 2017 The Interior Department will rely on financial incentives to meet workforce reduction goals, according to the Trump administration's budget documents. Interior, like all agencies, is currently drafting initial plans to restructure itself and reduce the size of its workforce. The department is planning to eliminate more than 6 percent of...

11 Major Agency Reforms in Trump’s Budget

May 24, 2017 President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget includes significant changes to federal agencies’ missions and functions, including an array of spending cuts and program eliminations. Many of those proposals are likely dead on arrival, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle already speaking out against various elements of Trump’s $54 billion...

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package

May 23, 2017 President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years. Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently...

Trump Proposes Easier Firing, Job Cuts at Most Agencies

May 23, 2017 President Trump, in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, proposed slashing workforce rolls at nearly every federal agency and making it easier to fire poor performers. The blueprint would shed a net of just 1,000 federal workers next year, but that's only because larger reductions at most agencies would be...

Trump to Propose $1.4 Trillion in Cuts to Non-Defense Agencies

May 22, 2017 President Trump, in budget documents to be released on Tuesday, will propose shrinking spending at non-defense agencies by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years, with his administration acknowledging it had to make many “hard choices” to fulfill a promise to deliver a balanced budget. The long-term spending projections make...

EPA Spells Out Funding for Buyouts, Early Retirements

May 19, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency has set aside $12 million to provide financial incentives to employees to leave their jobs, taking the first step necessary to fulfill a commitment from President Trump to shrink EPA. Following guidance from the Office of Management and Budget requiring all agencies to map out civilian...

House Democrats Promise Shutdown if Congress Pursues Trump’s Budget

May 18, 2017 House Democrats are sending an early message to Republicans: if you pursue President Trump’s budget legislatively, the government will shut down. Congress should raise spending caps equally for domestic and defense spending, House Appropriations Committee Democrats and other party leaders said Thursday. Trump has instead called for raising the defense...

Support Grows for Bills to Boost VA Firing, Restrict Its Unions

May 17, 2017 An array of groups and lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, saying it would improve accountability efforts while maintaining important due process protections. VA officials also threw their support behind the measure during the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, though they...