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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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House Republicans Organize Letter Asking Trump to Reverse Pay Freeze

September 6, 2018 A group of House Republicans are organizing a letter to President Trump asking him to reverse his decision to freeze federal employees’ pay in 2019. The letter, which lawmakers will send to the White House on Friday, has bipartisan backing, and was spearheaded by Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va. It follows...

The Number of Top Career Execs Leaving Government Nearly Doubled in Trump's First Year

September 5, 2018 The number of top civil servants departing the federal government nearly doubled during President Trump’s first year in office, federal data show, far outpacing even past transitions. More than 1,500 Senior Executive Service employees separated from federal service in fiscal 2017, an 82 percent increase from the previous year. Looked...

EPA Doubled Spending on Administrator's Security Without Justification, IG Finds

September 4, 2018 Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt doubled spending on his security detail compared to his predecessor, according to a new audit, and failed to justify the increase. EPA’s decision to provide Pruitt with protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week broke from recent precedent in which the...

Some Recently Fired VA Employees May Soon Be Reinstated With Back Pay

August 31, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department may soon have to reinstate many of the employees it fired over the last year, following a ruling from a third-party arbitrator that said the agency has violated a collective bargaining agreement in enforcing one of the key reforms signed into law by President Trump. The...

White House Expected to Keep Postal Task Force Report Secret Until After Midterms

August 30, 2018 The Trump administration is planning to keep secret until after the mid-term elections a report delivered to the president earlier this month with suggestions for reforming the U.S. Postal Service, according to individuals with knowledge of the plan. Led by the Treasury Department, the task force delivered its recommendations to...

Federal Official Boosted Use of Private Prisons; Now He Has a Top Job at One

August 29, 2018 A former federal official who earlier this year instructed the Bureau of Prisons to identify inmates to be transferred to private detention centers has left his government job for a position with one of the largest contractors housing federal prisoners. In January, Government Executive reported that Frank Lara, then the...

Bipartisan Bill Would Reverse Trump's Order on Executive Branch Judges

August 28, 2018 A pair of senators is looking to reverse a recent executive order issued by President Trump to remove administrative law judges from the competitive service, which critics have warned could strip the executive branch employees of their independence. President Trump in July issued an executive order that would allow agency...

Trump Demands an International Mailing System to Better Benefit USPS and U.S. Mailers

August 27, 2018 President Trump has demanded that the U.S. government charge foreign countries a higher rate for international shipping, stating in a presidential memorandum that other nations are unfairly receiving cheaper rates than postal customers sending packages domestically. Trump said the changes should take shape at a meeting of the Universal Postal...

Group Sues Trump Administration Over Secret Influence of Outsiders

August 17, 2018 A veterans group has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration accusing it of secretly enabling a group of private individuals to have undue influence on decision-making at the Veterans Affairs Department, violating a decades-old federal sunshine law. VA allowed a “council” of three individuals who belong to the President...

Postal Service to Ask Justice Dept. to Intervene in Fight to Ban Employees From Taking Time Off to Campaign

August 17, 2018 On Thursday, Government Executive reported that the Postal Service lost a union appeal challenging a new policy the agency had implemented to ban its workers from taking unpaid time off to campaign for political candidates. By Friday morning, the Postal Service announced it was gearing up for a fight. The...