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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 Administration: 'There’s Going to Be Some Issues' Meeting Deadline to Reunite Immigrant Families

July 20, 2018 With one week until a court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite immigrant families it had separated upon entering the country, 82 percent of children between the ages of five and 17 remain apart from their parents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 2,551 minors in that category, 450...

Delayed EPA Response to Water Crisis Increased Health Risks to Flint Residents, IG Finds

July 20, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency made a series of errors and oversights in reaction to contamination of drinking water in Flint, Mich., according to a new watchdog report that primarily faulted the agency's regional leadership for failing to properly recognize and respond to the gravity of the situation in a timely...

VA Is Letting Senior Officials Off the Hook While Disproportionately Punishing Whistleblowers, Audit Finds

July 19, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department may have taken disciplinary action against hundreds of rank-and-file employees without justification, according to a new report, while in some cases failing to follow through on punishments for senior leaders after they were proposed. Congress has for years worked to reform the disciplinary process at VA,...

Federal Employee Appeals Board Nominees Pledge Equity, Quick Action on Backlog

July 19, 2018 All three of President Trump’s nominees to serve on the quasi-judicial board that adjudicates adverse actions against federal employees to ensure compliance with merit system principles on Thursday lauded civil service laws and pledged to maintain a fair system that protects the workforce against abuses. The Merit Systems Protection Board...

Tempers Flare as White House Defends Reorg Proposal Against Accusations of Stonewalling

July 18, 2018 A White House official faced a testy hearing while appearing before a Senate committee to explain and defend the Trump administration’s proposals to reform and reorganize the federal government, with lawmakers criticizing officials broadly for failing to offer insight into the analysis that shaped the plan. The White House released...

VA Defends Expedited Firing Law Amid Accusations It's Creating 'Cultural Fear'

July 17, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department at a congressional hearing on Tuesday defended its implementation of a new law easing the firing of its employees, saying any complaints one year into the law’s existence were minor speed bumps on the road to overhauling the culture in government’s second largest agency. Lawmakers on...

As Lawmakers Renew Push for Repeal, OPM Says Workforce Orders Are What Feds Want

July 16, 2018 As several high-profile Democrats pushed the Trump administration to rethink its executive orders reshaping the civil service, an official took to the airwaves to say the measures actually represented the will of the federal workforce. Last week, Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called on...

Behind the Scenes of Implementing Trump's Border Hiring Surges

July 13, 2018 The Trump administration has devoted significant manpower and financial resources to implementing the president’s immigration executive orders, according to a new report, despite the fact that Congress has declined to approve the new priorities as required. At Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for example, agency employees in the human capital office...

Multi-Agency Review Finds No Examples of Fraudulent Use of Government Charge Cards

July 13, 2018 When investigators go digging into federal agencies’ use of government charge cards, they often find illegal expenditures at bowling alleys, restaurants or even casinos. But when inspectors general recently conducted a large-scale, 20-agency review of 1,255 “high-risk transactions,” they found no examples of “potentially illegal, improper, or erroneous transactions.” The...

Here’s What House Democrats Envision Happening After They Abolish ICE

July 12, 2018 The movement to abolish the federal agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws in the interior of the United States has gained momentum in recent weeks, and lawmakers on Thursday for the first time detailed in legislation exactly how they envisioned this would play out. The Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement...