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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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FEMA Still Planning Additional Influx of Federal Personnel in Puerto Rico

October 6, 2017 The Trump administration on Thursday promised a large increase in the number of federal personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico, noting it still has a significant amount of short and long-term work ahead of it to help the hurricane-ravaged island. Federal agencies have already deployed 14,000 personnel to the...

House Democrats: Hold Hearings on the 'Degradation of the Federal Workforce'

October 5, 2017 House Democrats are calling for hearings on what they call the Trump administration’s “degradation of the federal workforce,” complaining federal agencies are conducting their White House-mandated reorganizations with little transparency or oversight. Eighteen Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested an increased spotlight on the administration’s efforts...

Interior Whistleblower Resigns, Citing 'All-Out Assault on the Civil Service'

October 4, 2017 A career civil servant who claimed retribution by the Trump administration after speaking out as a whistleblower resigned from his post on Wednesday, citing poor leadership and wasteful spending as the factors that drove him out. Joel Clement was one of dozens of Senior Executive Service employees reassigned to different...

Reforms Allowing Agencies to Hire Faster Advance Through Senate Panel

October 4, 2017 Federal agencies would receive an array of authorities to speed hiring under a series of bills approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. Two measures would boost hiring flexibility for agencies governmentwide looking to fill critical gaps, as well as for applicants coming from post-secondary schools. Another measure would aim...

Administration Official Violated Law by Retweeting Trump, Watchdog Says

October 3, 2017 Another member of President Trump’s team is in trouble for violating the Hatch Act, with a watchdog now citing his ambassador to the United Nations for improperly engaging in political activity. Nikki Haley transgressed when retweeting a message from Trump that endorsed then-congressional candidate Ralph Norman, a Republican from Haley’s...

How the VA Is Blocking Marijuana Research Veterans Say Could Save Lives

October 3, 2017 In 2010, Boone Cutler was taking 30 milligrams of morphine, 70 milligrams of oxycodone and other opioids each day. He regularly went three to four days without sleep. The Army veteran had survived a blast injury while deployed in Sadr City, Iraq, and has since endured seven knee surgeries, five...

Trump’s Deregulatory Efforts Are Ensuring Agencies 'Stay Within the Laws,' Officials Say

October 2, 2017 The Trump administration boasted on Monday of its accomplishments in eliminating regulations enforced by federal agencies, saying it is exceeding its goal to slash two rules for every new one it creates. President Trump did not make a public speech as scheduled, due to the mass shooting in Las Vegas...

USPS Defaults on Billions in Mandatory Payments, Despite Scheduled Relief

September 29, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service has yet again failed to make mandatory payments into accounts for its retirees’ pensions and health care, sparking a renewed call for legislative reform aimed at relieving the financial stress on the cash-strapped agency. USPS’ primary obligation is to provide “prompt, reliable and efficient universal postal...

Watchdog: OPM Denied 20 Percent of Agency Requests to Let Political Appointees 'Burrow In'

September 28, 2017 Federal agencies generally followed the rules and refrained from exerting political pressure when converting appointees into career positions, according to a new report, which audited the very few cases of “burrowing in” since 2010. The Office of Personnel Management approved 78 conversions of political appointees between Jan. 1, 2010, and...

VA Still Well Short of the Doctors It Needs Despite Small Gains

September 27, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department saw a slight net increase last year in the number of doctors and other in-demand workers it employs, according to a new report, but still remains critically short of the onboarding it requires. The Veterans Health Administration netted 774 medical officers last fiscal year, VA’s inspector...