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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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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...

State Dept. Reform Plan Aims to Couple Drastic Cuts With Making Employees’ Lives Easier

September 26, 2017 The State Department insisted on Tuesday it is not aiming to shrink the influence of its workforce or the role of U.S. diplomacy in the world, saying during a congressional hearing the cost cutting it achieves through its redesign would instead free its employees from burdensome bureaucratic hurdles. State has...

Nearly One in Five Female Feds Say They Have Experienced Recent Workplace Sexual Harassment

September 25, 2017 Nearly one in five female federal employees say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace within the last two years, according to a recent survey, a figure that has dropped significantly over the last two decades. Women were three times as likely to have experienced sexual harassment as men,...

Lawmaker Questions Oversight of Agencies’ Buyout, Early Retirement Offers

September 22, 2017 One member of Congress is worried about the Trump administration’s oversight of agencies’ efforts to cut their workforces, seeking more information on how it will approve reduction programs. Agencies have previously failed to effectively implement separation incentives designed to reduce and reshape their workforces, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., wrote in...

Agencies Begin White House-Mandated Training for Every Fed on Consequences of Leaks

September 21, 2017 Federal employees all across government are learning a lesson this week in the form of new training: do not leak. The governmentwide campaign against “the unauthorized disclosure of unauthorized information,” as well as “controlled unclassified information,” or CUI, came at the direction of the White House. National Security Adviser H.R....

VA Re-Fires Scandal-Plagued Employee in Test Case for Trump's New Law

September 20, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has once again fired a scandal-plagued senior executive, this time using the authorities Congress afforded it and President Trump signed into law in June. VA initially dismissed Brian Hawkins, the former director of the department’s medical center in Washington, D.C., in April after a report cited...

Some Agencies Say Reform Plans Won’t Focus on Job Cuts, Layoffs Unlikely

September 20, 2017 Top personnel officials at several federal agencies said on Wednesday they are not focusing on cutting their workforces as part of their reorganization plans required by President Trump, and vowed to work with any employees whose jobs are consolidated to find them new positions within their organizations. While the human...

Senators Want Heads to Roll After Postal Service Underestimates Delayed Mail by 2 Billion Pieces

September 19, 2017 Several senators are calling for major changes at the U.S. Postal Service after a report found the agency underestimated its delayed mail by 2 billion pieces. One lawmaker went as far as to say anyone involved in the cover-up should be fired. The delays cost the Postal Service $85 million,...