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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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Trump Upends Homeland Security Department in Mass Removal of Top Staff

April 8, 2019 President Trump on Monday executed a dramatic overhaul of leadership at the Homeland Security Department, adding several top officials and component chiefs to the list of top brass removed from their jobs in recent days. The White House confirmed Randolph “Tex” Alles would step down as head of the Secret...

Trump's New DHS Pick Faces Legal Uncertainty

April 8, 2019 President Trump’s pick to take over the Homeland Security Department on a temporary basis could face a legal challenge to his appointment, as a federal statute appears to require another official to assume the job. Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down over the weekend, creating a vacancy at the...

Trump Administration Cancels Contract That Failed to Bring on More Border Agents

April 5, 2019 The Trump administration on Thursday canceled a key contract it issued to fulfill an early promise by the president to add thousands of new border security personnel to the federal ranks amid concerns about the vendor’s ability to deliver new hires. The announcement followed Customs and Border Protection issuing a...

One in Four TSA Screeners Quits Within Six Months

April 4, 2019 The Transportation Security Administration loses employees a rapid rate due to low pay and limited opportunities for career growth, according to a new report, though the head of the agency recently told Congress he plans to boost salaries for his front-line workers. The frequent turnover among TSA screeners, known as...

One in Four TSA Screeners Quits Within Six Months

April 3, 2019 The Transportation Security Administration loses employees a rapid rate due to low pay and limited opportunities for career growth, according to a new report, though the head of the agency recently told Congress he plans to boost salaries for his front-line workers. The frequent turnover among TSA screeners, known as...

VA Defends Its Firing Law in Court Against Multiple Constitutional Challenges

April 2, 2019 The Veterans Affairs Department is fighting on multiple fronts to preserve a power Congress afforded it less than two years ago, attempting to knock down multiple legal challenges to the constitutionality of a provision enabling it to more easily fire employees. VA this week filed a written rebuttal in one...

DHS Asks More Employees—From Across Government—to Deploy to the Border

April 1, 2019 The Trump administration doubled down on its proposal shift federal employees out of their normal duties to instead provide support to personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying on Monday it would hasten its reassignments and expand its search for supplemental staff. Federal agencies are looking for additional employees to assist...

Postal Service Partners With Forever 21 for New Fashion Line

March 29, 2019 Searching for this summer’s hottest new look? The U.S. Postal Service is hoping to deliver. The mailing agency has partnered with the clothing outlet Forever 21 to put classic USPS logos on a new line of tube tops, belts, jackets and more. The USPS collection launched earlier this month features...

Interior Chief Nominee Defends Ethics Record, Talks Relocating Employees

March 28, 2019 President Trump’s second nominee to lead the Interior Department appears poised for confirmation despite a contentious confirmation hearing on Thursday in which lawmakers questioned his ethics, leadership and past experience. David Bernhardt, who currently serves as Interior’s acting director, patiently answered each question and defended his capacity to lead the...

A Hollowed-Out IRS Workforce Has Led to a 91 Percent Drop in Investigations of Non-Filing Businesses

March 27, 2019 Nearly a decade of budget and workforce cuts has led to the Internal Revenue Service leaving billions of dollars in revenue uncollected each year, a new report has found. IRS’ shedding of employees has centered disproportionately on tax collection, the Government Accountability Office said, leading to an agency capable of...