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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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Rising Agency Leaders Overwhelmingly Expect a Career in Government, Survey Finds

May 8, 2018 Government agencies should push a sense of duty, provide opportunities for professional development, help build professional networks and implement mentor programs to form and maintain a pipeline of leadership, according to a new report. Developing a cadre of “rising leaders” is especially critical today, the Volcker Alliance said in its...

House Panel Advances Bills to Overhaul VA-Funded Private Care, Shutter Facilities and Enable Marijuana Research

May 8, 2018 A House panel on Tuesday overwhelmingly advanced a measure to expand veterans access to private sector health care, while also agreeing to shutter some government-owned facilities. Just two Democrats on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee voted against the Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act...

Trump Praises the 'Tireless Dedication' of Federal Employees, But Says They Can Do Better

May 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump has declared this week as one to recognize public servants, both praising federal employees for their “tireless dedication” and “selfless service” and calling on them to improve their efficiency and productivity. Trump formally designated May 6-12 as Public Service Recognition Week, an event celebrated annually since 1985. In...

Trump Praises the 'Tireless Dedication' of Federal Employees, But Says They Can Do Better

May 7, 2018 President Trump has declared this week as one to recognize public servants, both praising federal employees for their “tireless dedication” and “selfless service” and calling on them to improve their efficiency and productivity. Trump formally designated May 6-12 as Public Service Recognition Week, an event celebrated annually since 1985. In...

For New Addresses, USPS Will No Longer Deliver Mail to Your Door

May 4, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver mail to the door for new addresses, pushing mail recipients to instead cluster their mailboxes in a centralized area. The new policy marks a sharp shift as the agency continues to find ways to cut costs and follows through on a proposal...

House Chairman Unveils Bill to Overhaul VA-Funded Private Care and Shutter Department Facilities

May 3, 2018 A key lawmaker in the House on Thursday introduced a measure to expand veterans access to private health care on the government’s dime while also instituting a process by which the Veterans Affairs Department would begin closing underutilized facilities. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA...

White House Produces No Evidence It Considered Public Input on Reorganizing Government

May 2, 2018 The White House has no records relating to its categorization or analysis of public input on how it should reorganize government, according to the results of a lawsuit filed by a watchdog group. Following President Trump’s 2017 executive order calling on all federal agencies to reform themselves by shedding workers...

Bipartisan Senate Group Demands Trump Team 'Immediately Cease' Shrinking of Federal Labor Relations Agency

May 1, 2018 A bipartisan group of more than a dozen senators is calling on the Trump administration to back off its plans to shutter two regional offices of the agency tasked with overseeing federal labor-management relations, saying the administration should “immediately cease” all planning related to the closures. The Federal Labor Relations...

New State Dept. Secretary Calls Workforce 'Patriots and Great Americans'

May 1, 2018 The recently sworn in State Department secretary made his first address to the workforce on Tuesday, praising his new employees and promising to listen to and learn from them. Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s second secretary of State, called his workforce “the most important diplomatic corps in the world” in his...

Trump's Top Immigration Enforcement Official to Retire

April 30, 2018 The head of the federal government’s immigration enforcement agency for virtually all of President Trump’s term is retiring, despite Trump having nominated him to serve in the position on a permanent basis. Thomas Homan, originally the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement before a vacancies law forced the agency...