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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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Pence Slams 'Abolish ICE' Movement, Calls for End to Attacks on Agents

July 6, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence lauded immigration enforcement agents in an address Friday, while castigating their opponents and promising to support and enhance their mission despite a growing chorus of criticism. Pence spoke at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, using the occasion to shine a negative light on...

Trump Admin Says It Will Comply With Court Order to Reunite Families Separated at the Border

July 5, 2018 The Trump administration has vowed to comply with a court order implementing a strict time frame for reuniting immigrant children that it had separated from its parents, though it said meeting such an “artificial” schedule would come with a significant cost. The Health and Human Services Department has in its...

EPA's Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Mounting Scandals

July 5, 2018 President Trump on Thursday announced the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, saying the scandal-plagued leader would step down on Monday. Pruitt has been dogged for months by an array of alleged ethical violations, with federal investigations into his actions numbering more than a dozen. Questions about...

Lawmaker Looks to Ban Unions at IRS

July 3, 2018 A Republican in Congress is looking to block 70,000 federal employees from unionizing, introducing a bill to ban organized labor at the Internal Revenue Service. The Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees, or PULSE, Act (H.R. 6268), introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., would specifically exclude IRS employees from provisions...

USPS Faces Difficult Choices on How to Spend Its Limited Resources

July 2, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service has deferred spending on capital investments on things like vehicles and mail processing equipment over the last 10 years, according to a new report, and will likely face difficult choices on how to invest its limited funds over the next decade. USPS has for years struggled...

Lawmakers Cast Doubt on Claims of Smooth Interagency Handling of Family Separations at the Border

June 29, 2018 The Trump administration is projecting an orderly process with smooth interagency collaboration as it enforces its “zero tolerance” policy at the border, as well as the ensuing executive order and court decisions, but lawmakers are suggesting things are actually chaotic behind the scenes. The controversy largely revolves around the administration’s...

Senators Look to Give Trump Authority to Reform and Reorganize Government

June 29, 2018 Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to give President Trump increased authority to reorganize the government as he sees fit, including consolidating, transferring, abolishing or creating agencies. The 2018 Reforming Government Act seeks to start the process for Trump to implement the proposals the White House unveiled last week in its...

Applications to Border Patrol Spiked in Trump's First Year in Office

June 28, 2018 The Trump administration is seeing a surge in applicants to fill the additional Border Patrol jobs that the president has demanded, but the agency is still losing more employees than it can bring on board. Applications to serve as a Border Patrol agent tripled between fiscal years 2013 and 2017,...

VA Nominee Promises to Protect Against Privatization, Boost Pay for Some Employees

June 27, 2018 President Trump’s third nominee to serve as head of the Veterans Affairs Department faced a relatively smooth confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with lawmakers on both sides demonstrating little interest in blocking his appointment. Robert Wilkie, who served as acting VA secretary after President Trump fired David Shulkin earlier this year...

Trump's Postal Privatization Plan Met With Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

June 27, 2018 The White House’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is unlikely to find much traction in Congress, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticizing the suggested fundamental overhaul of the mailing agency. Lawmakers across the ideological spectrum who have expressed an interest in postal issues showed little...