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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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10 Midterm Races for Federal Employees to Watch

October 30, 2018 The midterm elections are just one week away and candidates are making their closing arguments to win over voters. Federal employees have a lot on the line in the election, most significantly who will control the 116th Congress and chair the oversight of the executive branch. Nonpartisan forecasters give Democrats...

Interior Dept. Supervisor Caught Spying on Employees, Sending Sexually Explicit Material

October 29, 2018 A supervisor at the Interior Department sent sexually explicit messages to three subordinate employees and “inappropriately” used department surveillance to capture images of employees without their knowledge, according to a new watchdog report. The Bureau of Land Management manager sent messages to one subordinate from a government computer during work...

Trump Signs Law to Curb Postal Service's Unintentional Role in Opioid Crisis

October 26, 2018 President Trump this week signed into law a measure to overhaul the international mailing system in an effort to close a loophole that has led to the U.S. Postal Service becoming an unwitting courier for illicit drug manufacturers and contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis. Many lawmakers and stakeholders have...

Postal Police Play Key Role in Mail Bombs Case, Employees 'Deeply Concerned' for Safety

October 25, 2018 The Postal Service is in the process of educating employees on recognizing suspicious packages and training them on the protocols to follow after one is identified, as the mailing agency’s law enforcement arm is playing a key role in the investigation of a series of mail bombs discovered in recent...

Trump Administration Took No Steps to Plan for Separating Immigrant Families, Audit Finds

October 24, 2018 The Trump administration took virtually no steps to prepare for the consequences of separating immigrant parents from their children, according to a new audit, leading to widespread confusion at federal agencies and a chaotic reunification process. Impacted officials at the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services did...

The Administration Is Fighting to Restrict Pay Even for Trump's Favorite Feds: ICE Agents

October 23, 2018 A federal employee union that threw its support behind Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election is in the midst of suing the president’s administration, which is fighting to maintain a policy that limited overtime pay for the group’s members. The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council’s lawsuit pending before...

Trump Claims 'National Emergency,' But Border Patrol Taking Little Action Over 'Caravan'

October 22, 2018 President Trump on Monday told the Homeland Security Department to treat the group of asylum-seeking Central American migrants traveling north toward the U.S. border together as a “national emergency,” but the administration has yet to outline any specific steps it plans to take in response to that directive. The “caravan”...

Survey Shows Major Uptick in Key VA Morale Metrics

October 19, 2018 Morale and job satisfaction ticked up significantly at the Veterans Affairs Department this year, according to new figures released from an annual, department-wide survey. Responses on the annual survey to questions such as satisfaction with VA, trust in senior leadership and confidence in being able to report wrongdoing without fear...

IG Faults Zinke for Violating Travel Rules as Interior Denies It's Ousting Watchdog

October 19, 2018 Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke broke with agency policy by allowing family members to travel with him in government vehicles and did not inform ethics officials that two individuals accompanying him on an official trip had previously hosted a fundraiser for him, according to a new inspector general report. Zinke...

USPS Realized Just 5 Percent of Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery

October 18, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service realized just 5 percent of the savings it projected over a two-year period from a controversial decision to slow mail delivery to enable facility closures, according to a new audit. Postal management told its regulatory body it would save $1.6 billion in fiscal years 2016 and...