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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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Federal Prisons Director Promises Better Treatment of Female Inmates Following Scathing Report

November 28, 2018 Lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration for failing to implement reforms aimed at improving findings of mismanagement at the Bureau of Prisons, an issue they said is being exacerbated by underfunding and understaffing. Of particular concern at the hearing was the bureau's treatment of female federal inmates. The agency...

MSPB Likely to Remain Powerless as Senate Panel Fails to Advance Trump's Nominees

November 28, 2018 The quasi-judicial board that determines federal employees’ challenges to adverse actions will likely to continue to be rendered impotent into next year, as the Senate appears unlikely to approve a slate of nominees to the panel before the legislative session ends. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee scheduled...

Federal Law Enforcement Not Happy With Trump-Backed Criminal Justice Reform

November 27, 2018 A legislative overhaul to the criminal justice system has won widespread support from both major political parties on Capitol Hill and within the White House, but has yet to earn support from one of the key constituencies it would impact: federal law enforcement. The bicameral, bipartisan First Step Act, for...

OPM to Rebid Identity Theft Protection Contract Affecting Millions of Hack Victims

November 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Millions of current and former federal employees could soon have a new company providing them with credit monitoring and identity theft protections, as the Office of Personnel Management plans to rebid a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The current contract, which OPM signed with ID Experts in the...

OPM to Rebid Identity Theft Protection Contract Affecting Millions of Hack Victims

November 27, 2018 Millions of current and former federal employees could soon have a new company providing them with credit monitoring and identity theft protections, as the Office of Personnel Management plans to rebid a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The current contract, which OPM signed with ID Experts in the...

The Administration Signed a Contract to Bring on 7,500 Border Personnel. It's Hired Just 15.

November 26, 2018 A consultant hired by the Trump administration to boost the number of border agents and customs officers has brought on just 15 of the 7,500 called for in its $300 million contract, according to figures provided by the agency. Customs and Border Protection has so far obligated $43 million on...

'Not Even Invited Into the Room:' How the Trump Administration Is Treating Federal Scientists

November 16, 2018 These days at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, employees are feeling resigned, hoping for a best-case scenario of simply flying under the radar. “People want to stay on the straight and narrow,” said Sharon Bethune, an EPA employee of 37 years. “Come in, do your job. Just don’t cause any...

Groups Launch Six-Figure National Ad Campaign to Oppose Postal Privatization

November 16, 2018 A group of U.S. Postal Service advocates have launched a national advertising campaign to push back on the Trump administration's proposal to privatize the mailing agency, warning Americans about potential drawbacks of a non-governmental system. The ad, titled “Keep It. It’s Yours,” comes with a media buy that will air...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Makes Late Push for Two-Year Budgeting

November 15, 2018 A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is pushing for major reforms to the budgeting process for federal agencies, calling on Congress to pass top-line spending levels every two years instead of annually. Lawmakers have kicked the idea around for years, but nudged the proposal closer to law in a joint...

Postal Service Loses $3.9 Billion in Fiscal 2018

November 14, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday reported that it saw a $3.9 billion loss in fiscal 2018, a 44 percent larger dip into the red over the previous year despite a $1 billion revenue increase. Ongoing volume losses of 3.6 percent during the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, led...