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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.
Results 11-20 of 2009

Trump's Nominee for DHS Pledges Hiring Reforms, New Immigration Deportation Priorities

November 8, 2017 President Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department promised at a confirmation hearing Wednesday to give new directives to employees regarding immigration enforcement priorities and vowed to reform the department’s hiring and training efforts. Kirstjen Nielsen would place hiring and retention reform “at the top of my priority list,”...

Trump Ramps Up Shutdown Odds by Reiterating Demands for Wall Funding

November 7, 2017 President Trump this week has doubled down on his demand that Congress provide initial funding for his administration to begin construction on a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, reestablishing the battle lines upon which the upcoming government shutdown fight will be waged. Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders on...

House Votes for VA to Clean Up Its Management

November 6, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department would have to ensure all of its management layers are necessary and are being held accountable for their performance under a bill the House approved 399-0 on Monday. The VA Management Alignment Act (H.R. 1066) would require the department to report to Congress on its organizational...

Trump Admin Tells Agencies to Strip Contract Provisions Guarding Against Wage Theft

November 6, 2017 Federal contractors will not face requirements aimed at protecting employees from wage theft and unsafe working conditions under a rule the Trump administration finalized on Monday. The rule follows a resolution Republican lawmakers passed and President Trump signed in March under the Congressional Review Act, which voided an Obama administration...

FEMA Delivers Mixed Messages on Whether It’s Paid for Any of Now-Terminated Puerto Rico Contract

November 3, 2017 The Trump administration is not ruling out the possibility some federal funds will go toward the now-terminated Puerto Rico contract that caused a firestorm over both its content and award circumstances. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official told a Senate committee in private testimony that “it is possible that FEMA...

The State Department Spends $500M Annually on Perks for Employees Overseas

November 3, 2017 The State Department has spent $480 million annually on more than a dozen allowances for its employees stationed overseas over the past six years, according to a new report. About 70 percent of that spending went toward paying for the education of the children of State employees, hardship pay for...

House Panel Backs Two-Year 'Cooling-Off Period' for Appointees Looking to Burrow In

November 2, 2017 A House committee on Thursday approved a measure that would require a two-year “cooling-off period” that any political appointee must endure before taking a career job. The Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act (H.R. 1132) would also codify existing rules from the Office of Personnel Management that require the agency to...

Trump Opposes House-Backed Effort to Reform Emergency Disaster Spending

November 1, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved a bill to reshape the way the federal government responds to wildfires, despite pushback on the effort by the Trump administration. The Agriculture Department and its component Forest Service have for years decried the funding process for fighting the fires, noting the increasingly large portion...

Amid Federal Finger-Pointing, FEMA Takes Stock of Puerto Rico Effort

November 1, 2017 Federal officials on Tuesday consistently pointed the blame at the Puerto Rican government for failing to respond more quickly and comprehensively to the hurricane-driven disaster on the island, though it did acknowledge its own relief efforts have been imperfect. Lawmakers from both parties and agency leaders praised employees at the...

FEMA Head Acknowledges Imperfect Federal Response in Puerto Rico

October 31, 2017 Federal officials on Tuesday consistently pointed the blame at the Puerto Rican government for failing to respond more quickly and comprehensively to the hurricane-driven disaster on the island, though it did acknowledge its own relief efforts have been imperfect. Lawmakers from both parties and agency leaders praised employees at the...