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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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Secret Service Walks Back Blaming Trump for Shorting Employees’ Pay

August 21, 2017 The U.S. Secret Service is walking back the blame for a funding crisis it initially placed on President Trump, saying it instead has resulted from ongoing issues dating back a decade. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles originally told USA Today in a story published Monday that Trump’s large family...

Watchdog Doesn't Know How White House Determines Who Gets Ethics Waivers

August 18, 2017 The White House is not providing any transparency into who qualifies for an exemption from an ethics pledge President Trump has required of all his appointees, according to the executive branch’s top ethics watchdog. The Trump administration has listed which employees in the Executive Office of the President have received...

With No Confirmed Director, OPM Could Struggle to Implement Trump’s Agenda

August 17, 2017 The federal government’s human resources office faces a slew of responsibilities in the coming months and years as President Trump aims to shrink many agencies and revamp the civil service, but it is tackling those issues without any leadership handpicked by the administration calling for those changes. Kathleen McGettigan, the...

Peace Corps to Cut 20 Percent of Its Workforce

August 16, 2017 The Peace Corps is eliminating more than 20 percent of its workforce, the agency announced to employees earlier this month, in an effort to meet the demands in an executive order from President Trump. The agency is not planning at this point to lay off any of its employees, according...

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are 'Pretty Certain' Layoffs Are Coming

August 16, 2017 Federal agency managers are privately telling members of the Trump administration they will soon lay off employees, according to Office of Personnel Management officials, and are seeking advice for how to do so in the most effective manner. Agencies are “pretty certain” they will need to institute reductions in force...

Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 15, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

How Trump Can Successfully Reorganize the Government

August 15, 2017 To successfully implement its plan to reorganize government, the Trump administration should empower federal leaders and agencies, former personnel and management officials said at a panel discussion Tuesday. Speaking at the Washington headquarters of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, the former Republican leaders were supportive of Trump’s executive...

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 14, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

CBP Administered Polygraphs to Applicants Already Admitting Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking

August 11, 2017 Customs and Border Protection is spending millions of dollars conducting lie-detector tests on job applicants who have already admitted disqualifying information during their interviews, according to the Homeland Security Department inspector general. The IG warned the wastefulness could derail President Trump’s planned hiring spree at the agency. While a 2010...