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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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Newly Enacted Reforms Will Change the Way the Federal Government Responds to Disasters

October 8, 2018 Congress last week voted to overhaul the way the federal government responds to disasters, refocusing more of its efforts on mitigation while allowing affected individuals to benefit from multiple forms of assistance. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act, tucked into a larger legislative package, makes changes to a decades-old law that...

White House Replaces Federal Personnel Director in Surprise Shakeup

October 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday announced that Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, is now leading the Office of Personnel Management as its acting director. The announcement came as OPM’s Senate-confirmed director, Jeff Pon, abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, an agency...

White House Replaces Federal Personnel Director in Surprise Shakeup

October 5, 2018 The White House on Friday announced that Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, is now leading the Office of Personnel Management as its acting director. The announcement came as OPM’s Senate-confirmed director, Jeff Pon, abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, an agency...

Trump Administration Promises to Staff Up Police on Public Lands After Announcing Major Cuts

October 4, 2018 The Trump administration is pushing back on the notion that it is slashing the number of federal law enforcement officers on national wildlife refuges, saying that an upcoming dramatic reduction in personnel will soon be coupled with new staffing. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s wildlife refuge chief sent a memorandum...

OPM Calls on Agencies to Implement Coaching Programs for Employees

October 3, 2018 The Trump administration is calling on federal agencies to expand their use of “coaching,” an “experimental” and “creative” process designed for individuals to help other government workers realize their full potential. Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon sent a memorandum to agency leaders that was made public this week...

USPS Set to Run Out of Postal Retiree Health Care Funding in 12 Years

October 3, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service will run out of money to pay for its retirees’ health care in 12 years if Congress does not take action to address the funding shortfall, according to a new audit of the benefit program. Funding for former postal employees has long been a sticking point...

Surprise Inspection of ICE Facility Reveals Nooses in Cells, Improper Discipline

October 2, 2018 Fifteen of 20 cells holding male inmates at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracted detention facility recently inspected by agency auditors had braided sheets hanging within them, which detainees and staff refer to as “nooses.” Detainees at the facilities, operated by The GEO Group, a top government contractor for privately...

VA Appeals Ruling That Could Force It to Rehire Fired Workers

October 1, 2018 The Trump administration is challenging an arbitrator’s decision that could force the Veterans Affairs Department to rehire many recently fired employees and deal a significant blow to one of President Trump’s signature legislative achievements. VA has filed exceptions to the Federal Labor Relations Authority to a third-party ruling that found...

Trump Signs Spending Bill to Stave Off Shutdown Until December

September 28, 2018 President Trump on Friday signed into law a spending bill that will provide full-year appropriations for several federal agencies and stopgap funding for a portion of government, staving off a partial shutdown at least until December. Trump had flirted with potentially not signing the “minibus”-plus-continuing resolution spending measure, calling the...

Senate Panel Advances Measure to Give Trump Reorganization Authority, With Caveats

September 27, 2018 A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a measure to ease the process for President Trump to reorganize the federal government, but lawmakers included a provision to ensure any such reforms would require bipartisan support. The 2018 Reforming Government Act would begin the legislative process for the Trump administration to implement...