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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 Used Government Charge Cards to Expense Rooms at Trump Hotels

September 18, 2017 A handful of federal employees used their government charge cards to book rooms at several different hotels operated by the Trump Organization, according to documents obtained by a government watchdog group. The White House’s National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort...

Full-Year Continuing Resolution Would Trigger Sequester, Budget Office Says

September 18, 2017 If lawmakers opt to do the bare minimum with appropriations bills and keep agencies running on autopilot for all of fiscal 2018, it would trigger automatic across-the-board spending cuts throughout government, a new analysis has found. President Trump has already signed a stopgap spending measure to maintain the status quo...

DHS Seeks Volunteers From Other Agencies to Join Hurricane Relief Surge Force

September 15, 2017 More than 38,000 federal employees are currently working in support of response efforts to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the Homeland Security Department is soliciting more. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke sent a memorandum to agency leaders across government this week asking for them to make available more workers to...

Senate Skips Vote on Repealing Sequestration

September 14, 2017 The Senate on Thursday failed to come to an agreement to vote on an amendment to roll back sequestration, despite pleas from Republicans to undo the spending caps that inhibit defense and non-defense spending. Republicans pointed the finger at their Democratic colleagues for preventing the amendment from coming to a...

After Striking Short-Term Deal, House Approves Funding for Rest of Fiscal 2018

September 14, 2017 The House on Thursday approved a bill to set fiscal 2018 spending levels at agencies across the federal government, rounding out its appropriations work for the coming year. The measure, approved with almost exclusively Republican support, comes just days after President Trump struck a deal with congressional Democrats to fund...

Focus on ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ in Agency Reform Efforts, Senators Tell Trump Administration

September 13, 2017 Key senators from both parties at a hearing Wednesday encouraged the Trump administration to pursue “low-hanging fruit” as it tackles its reorganization of the executive branch, while leaving more ideological debates for separate fights. Lawmakers also encouraged the administration to listen to front-line federal employees as they shape their final...

Senate Considers Cutting Retirement Benefits for Feds Working for Unions

September 12, 2017 The Senate is poised to vote on two measures aimed at curbing federal employees' ability to work on union representational issues while on the clock, offering a test for whether congressional Republicans can finally send such reforms to the president’s desk. The more controversial measure, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson,...

Trump Administration’s Transparency Questioned as It Awards First Border Wall Contracts

September 1, 2017 The Trump administration has taken another step forward in building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Despite not yet receiving authorization for the president’s signature campaign promise, the Homeland Security Department has selected four companies to build prototypes. The potential awardees will build the sample barriers with reinforced...

Feds in Harvey's Path Are Sleeping in Their Offices to Keep Agencies Operational

August 31, 2017 More than three-dozen federal facilities in Southeast Texas closed due to Harvey, according to federal officials, forcing employees to take leave, work remotely or in some cases, fight through the storm to perform mission-critical work. Harvey has wrought serious destruction and record flooding since it made landfall as a hurricane...

DHS Employs a Reliable Tactic to Fulfill Trump’s Mandated Hiring Surge—More Money

August 29, 2017 The Trump administration is turning to a tried and true recruiting strategy to fulfill a massive hiring surge ordered by the president: offering more money. Customs and Border Protection has yet to make a significant dent in Trump’s mandate to hire 5,000 new employees, but it is taking new measures...