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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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Postal Service Suffers First 'Controllable' Loss in Five Years

November 14, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.7 billion in fiscal 2017, less than half the deficit the agency racked up in the previous year. More troubling for USPS, however, was its net controllable income went from a $610 million profit to a $814 million loss in the fiscal year that ended...

House Speaker Says Congress Likely to Stave Off Shutdown With CR Through 2017

November 14, 2017 Congress is likely to pass another stopgap spending bill to keep agencies open through the remainder of 2017, according to House Republican leadership. Lawmakers are considering extending the continuing resolution past its current expiration date of Dec. 8, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on Tuesday. The move will likely...

The EPA Is Taking Years to Resolve Discrimination and Harassment Cases

November 13, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency has violated federal rules in delaying for years a process to protect employees claiming discrimination or harassment, drastically underperforming on the requirement that agencies resolve those cases within 60 days. EPA took an average of 491 days to issue a final decision following a complaint of...

Employee Group Raises Concerns That New Park Service Uniforms Could Increase Disease Risk

November 10, 2017 A federal employee advocacy group is raising concerns about new uniforms for workers at land-management agencies, saying the uniforms might put them at risk for diseases and have harmful effects on the environment. In October, the National Park Service awarded a $60 million contract for new uniforms for 35,000 employees...

Federal Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Distributing Narcotics, Sexually Abusing Inmates

November 9, 2017 A Bureau of Prisons correctional officer has pleaded guilty to smuggling narcotics into a federal prison and selling them to inmates, according the Justice Department, as well as sexually abusing inmates by forcing them to perform oral sex on him. Armando Moronta pleaded guilty to smuggling cell phones and narcotics...

Trump's Nominee for DHS Pledges Hiring Reforms, New Immigration Deportation Priorities

November 8, 2017 President Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department promised at a confirmation hearing Wednesday to give new directives to employees regarding immigration enforcement priorities and vowed to reform the department’s hiring and training efforts. Kirstjen Nielsen would place hiring and retention reform “at the top of my priority list,”...

Trump Ramps Up Shutdown Odds by Reiterating Demands for Wall Funding

November 7, 2017 President Trump this week has doubled down on his demand that Congress provide initial funding for his administration to begin construction on a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, reestablishing the battle lines upon which the upcoming government shutdown fight will be waged. Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders on...

House Votes for VA to Clean Up Its Management

November 6, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department would have to ensure all of its management layers are necessary and are being held accountable for their performance under a bill the House approved 399-0 on Monday. The VA Management Alignment Act (H.R. 1066) would require the department to report to Congress on its organizational...

Trump Admin Tells Agencies to Strip Contract Provisions Guarding Against Wage Theft

November 6, 2017 Federal contractors will not face requirements aimed at protecting employees from wage theft and unsafe working conditions under a rule the Trump administration finalized on Monday. The rule follows a resolution Republican lawmakers passed and President Trump signed in March under the Congressional Review Act, which voided an Obama administration...

FEMA Delivers Mixed Messages on Whether It’s Paid for Any of Now-Terminated Puerto Rico Contract

November 3, 2017 The Trump administration is not ruling out the possibility some federal funds will go toward the now-terminated Puerto Rico contract that caused a firestorm over both its content and award circumstances. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official told a Senate committee in private testimony that “it is possible that FEMA...