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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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Federal Employees Are Donating Almost Exclusively to Hillary Clinton

October 26, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management recently launched the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign, but non-profit charities are not the only cause to which agency employees are donating this year. Federal employees are opening their wallets for presidential candidates, and doing so overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, according to a new report. Feds...

CRS Reminds Everyone No Federal Entities Have Endorsed Trump

October 25, 2016 Congress’ think tank wants to be clear: No federal entities can or have endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. The Congressional Research Service felt the need to clarify that point after Trump said repeatedly in each of the debates and on the campaign trail that Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Unions to Trump: Your Federal Hiring Freeze Plan Is Impractical, Harmful

October 25, 2016 When the Republican nominee for president introduced just weeks before the election his plan to freeze hiring across the federal government, it was bound to turn some heads. Federal employees groups are not, of course, pleased with the proposal. Trump announced his “contract with the American voter” at his “Gettysburg...

Hiring Freeze Will Cause Longer Delays in Disputing Social Security Claims, Group Warns

October 24, 2016 Federal administrative judges tasked with overseeing Social Security claims are warning a hiring freeze will further slow an already delayed appeals process. Citing a figure from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, the Association of Administrative Law Judges said it currently takes 540 days for...

Lawmakers Urge Federal Government to Stop Selling Defective Cars to the Public

October 24, 2016 Lawmakers have asked the General Services Administration to stop selling defective cars formerly used by federal agencies, saying the practice is in conflict with Uncle Sam's responsibility to look out for the well being of Americans. Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Ill.; Frank Pallone, N.J.; G.K. Butterfield, N.C.; and Lois Capps,...

Trump Pledges Governmentwide Hiring Freeze

October 22, 2016 Donald Trump on Saturday promised his administration would implement a hiring freeze across the federal government if he is elected. Trump announced the plan in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of his “contract for the American voter.” He said the hiring freeze would be one of the top priorities he would...

IG Faults EPA for Not Intervening Seven Months Sooner in Flint Water Crisis

October 21, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency stayed silent on water contamination in Flint, Mich., for seven months longer than it should have, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general. EPA’s Region Five, headquartered in Chicago, had the “authority and sufficient information” to issue an emergency order to “protect Flint...

Committee Seeks Investigation Into OPM’s Slower Retirement Claims Processing

October 20, 2016 This story has been updated. A bipartisan group of lawmakers with oversight of the federal workforce has tasked government auditors with investigating whether the retirement process is operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...

Clinton and Trump Had A Lot to Say About Government Management in Final Debate

October 19, 2016 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated for the final time on Wednesday, touching on a variety of issues that could impact federal agencies and their employees. Clinton repeatedly cited her experience running the State Department and spoke out against shutting down the government for political purposes, while Trump lodged attacks...

Trump Is Crowdsourcing How to Make His Cabinet Great

October 19, 2016 Government leaders have embraced crowdsourcing for an array of projects. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to crowdsource the government leaders themselves. In an email from the Republican National Committee to its listserv, the party solicited advice on who should serve in a Trump administration. The survey, RNC Co-Chair Sharon...