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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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Lack of Political Leadership Could Hamper Harvey Response, Katrina Veterans Warn

August 25, 2017 Career staff are well positioned to provide disaster response and assistance as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas and Louisiana Friday, according to former leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the career employees could run into problems coordinating with counterparts at other agencies without political leadership. Harvey is...

EPA Has Slashed Its Criminal Investigation Division in Half

August 24, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency employs about half as many criminal investigators as it did a more than a decade ago, according to newly released documents, corresponding to a dramatic dropoff in the number of new criminal cases against those who violate environmental laws and regulations. EPA currently has 147 special...

‘Believe Me:’ Trump Promises Shutdown if Congress Doesn’t Fund the Border Wall

August 23, 2017 President Donald Trump vowed to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means first shutting down the government. Trump made his pledge at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday. It was the president’s clearest statement to date he would not sign any spending bill...

Did Ben Carson Violate a Federal Law at Trump’s Campaign Rally?

August 23, 2017 Ben Carson spoke of God, shared values, his career as a surgeon and the fleeting nature of life itself in a short address at a campaign rally for President Trump on Tuesday. At no point did he discuss his current job, the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department....

‘Believe Me:’ Trump Promises Shutdown if Congress Doesn’t Fund the Border Wall

August 23, 2017 President Trump vowed to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means first shutting down the government. Trump made his pledge at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday. It was the president’s clearest statement to date he would not sign any spending bill to...

Congress Looks to Crack Down on Feds Taking Time Off to Campaign

August 22, 2017 Congressional oversight leaders want to rein in federal agencies allowing employees to take unpaid leave in order to campaign with their unions, sending requests for detailed information to agencies across government. The data will “ensure federal agencies are granting leave without pay in a politically neutral manner,” said Rep. Trey...

Secret Service Walks Back Blaming Trump for Shorting Employees’ Pay

August 21, 2017 The U.S. Secret Service is walking back the blame for a funding crisis it initially placed on President Trump, saying it instead has resulted from ongoing issues dating back a decade. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles originally told USA Today in a story published Monday that Trump’s large family...

Watchdog Doesn't Know How White House Determines Who Gets Ethics Waivers

August 18, 2017 The White House is not providing any transparency into who qualifies for an exemption from an ethics pledge President Trump has required of all his appointees, according to the executive branch’s top ethics watchdog. The Trump administration has listed which employees in the Executive Office of the President have received...

With No Confirmed Director, OPM Could Struggle to Implement Trump’s Agenda

August 17, 2017 The federal government’s human resources office faces a slew of responsibilities in the coming months and years as President Trump aims to shrink many agencies and revamp the civil service, but it is tackling those issues without any leadership handpicked by the administration calling for those changes. Kathleen McGettigan, the...

Peace Corps to Cut 20 Percent of Its Workforce

August 16, 2017 The Peace Corps is eliminating more than 20 percent of its workforce, the agency announced to employees earlier this month, in an effort to meet the demands in an executive order from President Trump. The agency is not planning at this point to lay off any of its employees, according...