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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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The Pentagon Could Save Billions of Dollars by Fixing Problems It Already Knows About

August 7, 2018 The Defense Department could save $2.3 billion by implementing nearly three dozen outstanding reforms proposed by its inspector general, the auditors said in a recent report outlining the more than 1,500 open recommendations that the Pentagon has yet to address. More than 50 of those recommendations have sat idle for...

ICE Employee Who Repeatedly Told Coworkers to Vote Hillary Is Barred From Federal Service

August 7, 2018 An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee is facing a five-year ban on federal employment after it was found that she repeatedly told her coworkers to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the run up to the 2016 election. The discipline was doled out in a settlement agreement between...

Taxpayers at Risk of Overpaying for an Ineffective Border Wall

August 6, 2018 The Trump administration is proceeding with its strategy to build hundreds of miles of new border wall and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border without first assessing the specific costs of those projects, according to a new report, putting the government at risk of overpaying for ineffective and delayed construction. In...

Government Still Owes Money to Feds Deployed to Hurricane Response Last Year

August 3, 2018 About 150 federal employees who responded to the government's call for temporary emergency workers during last year's hurricanes received more pay—in some cases tens of thousands of dollars more—than they were legally entitled to receive in a given year, according to a new watchdog report. The discovery led investigators to...

House and Senate Again Decline to Fund Trump's Proposed Homeland Security Hiring Spree

August 2, 2018 The House and Senate have different ideas on whether to boost staffing at components of the Homeland Security Department, but both chambers of Congress appear to agree that President Trump’s requests are unrealistic and thus far have declined to meet them. In its fiscal 2019 budget, the White House suggested...

Senate Sends Trump Defense Bill With 'Arbitrary' Cuts That May Not Save Money

August 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate on Wednesday sent to President Trump’s desk an annual defense policy bill that included language setting up several Pentagon agencies to slash their operations by 25 percent over the next few years. The cuts were a controversial piece of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, with the...

Senate Sends Trump Defense Bill With 'Arbitrary' Cuts That May Not Save Money

August 1, 2018 The Senate on Wednesday sent to President Trump’s desk an annual defense policy bill that included language setting up several Pentagon agencies to slash their operations by 25 percent over the next few years. The cuts were a controversial piece of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, with the...

Former Fed Convicted of Defrauding Disabled Vet, Then Lying to Get Background Check Job

July 31, 2018 The Justice Department has successfully won a guilty conviction against a former federal employee who illegally schemed against the government during stints at two different agencies. Kenneth Richard Devore was convicted in a U.S. District Court in Tennessee of wire fraud, mail fraud, financial conflict of interest, theft of public...

Bipartisan Bill Would Allow Federal Employees to Smoke Pot Where It’s Legal

July 30, 2018 A bipartisan pair of lawmakers introduced a measure to ensure federal employees who use marijuana legally in their home states are not penalized, potentially reversing current policy that prohibits such consumption in all circumstances. The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R. 6589) would prohibit federal agencies...

How the Agencies With the Oldest Workforces Are Preparing for a Retirement Exodus

July 30, 2018 Federal officials have been sounding the alarm for years about a pending “retirement wave” as employees in the baby boomer generation reach pension eligibility, so much so that it has become easy to ignore the problem entirely. At some agencies, however, the issue is coming to a head. Across the...