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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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Trump Administration Took No Steps to Plan for Separating Immigrant Families, Audit Finds

October 24, 2018 The Trump administration took virtually no steps to prepare for the consequences of separating immigrant parents from their children, according to a new audit, leading to widespread confusion at federal agencies and a chaotic reunification process. Impacted officials at the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services did...

The Administration Is Fighting to Restrict Pay Even for Trump's Favorite Feds: ICE Agents

October 23, 2018 A federal employee union that threw its support behind Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election is in the midst of suing the president’s administration, which is fighting to maintain a policy that limited overtime pay for the group’s members. The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council’s lawsuit pending before...

Trump Claims 'National Emergency,' But Border Patrol Taking Little Action Over 'Caravan'

October 22, 2018 President Trump on Monday told the Homeland Security Department to treat the group of asylum-seeking Central American migrants traveling north toward the U.S. border together as a “national emergency,” but the administration has yet to outline any specific steps it plans to take in response to that directive. The “caravan”...

Survey Shows Major Uptick in Key VA Morale Metrics

October 19, 2018 Morale and job satisfaction ticked up significantly at the Veterans Affairs Department this year, according to new figures released from an annual, department-wide survey. Responses on the annual survey to questions such as satisfaction with VA, trust in senior leadership and confidence in being able to report wrongdoing without fear...

IG Faults Zinke for Violating Travel Rules as Interior Denies It's Ousting Watchdog

October 19, 2018 Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke broke with agency policy by allowing family members to travel with him in government vehicles and did not inform ethics officials that two individuals accompanying him on an official trip had previously hosted a fundraiser for him, according to a new inspector general report. Zinke...

USPS Realized Just 5 Percent of Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery

October 18, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service realized just 5 percent of the savings it projected over a two-year period from a controversial decision to slow mail delivery to enable facility closures, according to a new audit. Postal management told its regulatory body it would save $1.6 billion in fiscal years 2016 and...

Trump Demands 5 Percent Spending Cuts From Every Cabinet Agency

October 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Wednesday ordered Cabinet secretaries to develop a plan to cut 5 percent of their agencies’ budgets, saying the reductions would “get rid of the fat” in the federal government. Trump made the request at a Cabinet meeting, saying that spending increases in his first two years were...

Trump Demands 5 Percent Spending Cuts From Every Cabinet Agency

October 17, 2018 President Trump on Wednesday ordered Cabinet secretaries to develop a plan to cut 5 percent of their agencies’ budgets, saying the reductions would “get rid of the fat” in the federal government. Trump made the request at a Cabinet meeting, saying that spending increases in his first two years were...

White House Announces That the U.S. Intends to Withdraw From International Postal Agency

October 17, 2018 The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it plans to withdraw from an organization aimed at tackling international postal issues, saying the existing agreements put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage. The administration planned to deliver its “letter of denunciation” to formally convey its intention to leave the Universal Postal Union on...

These Are the 15 Trump Reorganization Proposals Agencies Can Advance Without Congress

October 16, 2018 The Trump administration has maintained that it can move forward with many of the proposals in its reorganization plan on its own without congressional approval, though with a few exceptions, it has yet to detail exactly which items it will push unilaterally. The administration has told Congress it is still...