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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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Lawmakers Warn Trump Administration Not to Slash Diversity Efforts at Interior

April 10, 2018 A group of Democratic lawmakers is sending a letter to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him not to backtrack from any diversity initiatives, citing reports that the agency would no longer prioritize ensuring its workforce represents an array of Americans. Interior should both “recruit and hire exceptional individuals from...

FEMA Faulted for Awarding Undeliverable Contracts, Delaying Aid During Hurricane Season

April 10, 2018 The Trump administration last year awarded contracts to companies that were ill-prepared to help victims of three major hurricanes, according to a report from Senate Democrats, leading to canceled deals and delayed delivery of essential goods. Minority party members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Sen....

USPS Could Owe Payouts to As Many As 130K Employees After Class-Action Lawsuit Final Ruling

April 9, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service will soon have to make a payout to as many as 130,000 current and former employees as part of a class-action lawsuit, with an anti-discrimination oversight body finding the mailing agency created a program to rid its rolls of employees injured on the job under the...

VA Takes Final Shot at Shulkin, Says Privatization Concerns Are Unfounded

April 6, 2018 The Trump administration took one final shot at fired Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin, using his own words against him while trying to assuage any concerns that the agency is looking to make itself obsolete. The department issued a press release on Thursday titled “Debunking the VA Privatization Myth,”...

Border Agents Say They're 'Woefully Understaffed,' Applaud National Guard Deployment

April 6, 2018 Federal agents on the front lines of the U.S.-Mexico border are “excited” about the forthcoming deployment of the National Guard to assist them in their mission, according to the employees’ union, with officials noting that the extra personnel will help offset their being “woefully understaffed.” The guardsmen will serve in...

Unintended Tax Reform Fallout Creating 'Potentially Ruinous' Bills for Thousands of Feds

April 5, 2018 About 25,000 federal employees per year could face a massive new tax liability under a provision of the overhaul of the U.S. Tax Code President Trump signed into law this year, thanks to the removal of a deduction that helped employees forced to relocate by their agency. The issue particularly...

Trump Looks to Slash Agency Budget Increases He Just Signed Into Law

April 4, 2018 President Trump has said for weeks that the agreement he recently signed into law to set spending levels at agencies across government for fiscal 2018 provided far too much funding on the non-defense side of the ledger, and the White House is now considering its options to roll back some...

EPA’s Planned Office Closure Could Run Afoul of Congressional Mandate

April 3, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with plans to consolidate an office in Las Vegas and potentially lay off the employees who work there, despite a mandate from Congress to not close any regional offices or engage in any large-scale workforce reshaping. EPA officials sent “management directed reassignment” letters...

What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

April 2, 2018 President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency for maintaining what he views...

Pruitt's Low-Rent Apartment in 2017 Raises New Ethics Questions

March 30, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared to pay well below market rate for an apartment he rented in Washington, D.C., last year, putting him in possible violation of federal ethics rules. Pruitt rented an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington from a health care lobbyist in 2017,...