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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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What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

April 2, 2018 President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency for maintaining what he views...

Pruitt's Low-Rent Apartment in 2017 Raises New Ethics Questions

March 30, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared to pay well below market rate for an apartment he rented in Washington, D.C., last year, putting him in possible violation of federal ethics rules. Pruitt rented an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington from a health care lobbyist in 2017,...

Lawmakers, Veterans Groups and Former Officials Worry VA Nominee Is Not 'Up to the Job'

March 29, 2018 With David Shulkin now ousted from the Veterans Affairs Department, all eyes are on President Trump’s nominated replacement to see where he comes down on the most pressing issue at VA: How large a role should the private sector play in providing health care to veterans? One problem for observers...

Trump Fires Shulkin, Taps Personal Physician Ronny Jackson to Lead VA

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Wednesday fired Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin, ending weeks of speculation surrounding the embattled agency head. In what has become a pattern, Trump announced his decision over Twitter. He said he will nominate Navy Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the White House physician since...

Trump Fires Shulkin, Taps Personal Physician Ronny Jackson to Lead VA

March 28, 2018 President Trump on Wednesday fired Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin, ending weeks of speculation surrounding the embattled agency head. In what has become a pattern, Trump announced his decision over Twitter. He said he will nominate Navy Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the White House physician since...

Bipartisan Bill Would Let Some Feds Boost Their Pensions, for a Price

March 28, 2018 Some federal employees could soon have an option to increase their pensions or retire earlier under a new, bipartisan bill that would provide a boost to civil servants who worked at some point in a temporary status. The Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5389) would enable employees who worked for...

VA Failed to Give Required Background Checks to Thousands of Medical Personnel

March 27, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is not following requirements to screen all of its medical professional staff, leading VA to employ 6,200 workers who have not received any background check. An additional 10,400 employees, or one in eight workers hired by the Veterans Health Administration between 2012 and 2016, did not...

Congress Rejects Trump’s Bid for More Immigration Enforcement and Border Patrol Agents

March 26, 2018 Despite a consistent push from President Trump and leaders in his administration, lawmakers once again rejected the White House’s call for a dramatic increase in the number of federal law enforcement officers at the Homeland Security Department. Congress took its opposition a step further in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending...

After Threatening Veto, Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

March 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund government through Sept. 30, ending a dramatic standoff in which he threatened to veto the measure and shut down the government. Trump said at the White House on Friday he only agreed to sign the bill because of...

After Threatening Veto, Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

March 23, 2018 President Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund government through Sept. 30, ending a dramatic standoff in which he threatened to veto the measure and shut down the government. Trump said at the White House on Friday he only agreed to sign the bill because of...