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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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As Trump Pledges to Triple Private Care for Vets, Congress Struggles to Save VA Program

July 26, 2017 Update: Since the publication of this story, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced that House and Senate lawmakers have reached an agreement that, if approved, would provide the department with $2.1 billion for the Choice Program while authorizing 28 “major medical leases.” House Democrats blocked a measure to provide the Veterans...

Initial House ‘Minibus’ Spending Bill Would Trigger Sequester

July 25, 2017 House Republicans are poised to move forward with a spending bill addressing one-quarter of the necessary segments to fund the federal government past October, even though the measure would trigger an across the-board sequester at the Defense Department. President Trump has indicated he would sign the “minibus” legislation, which, in...

Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing

July 25, 2017 Lawmakers are looking to reinstate a cap on the Defense Department’s service contract spending next year, amid concerns the Pentagon has unduly outsourced federal work. The measure was attached to the annual defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee, and would prevent Defense from spending more on...

Alleged Retaliation Against Senior Executives Prompts Bipartisan Concern

July 24, 2017 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about the Interior Department’s alleged retaliation against an employee who spoke out on the dangers of climate change, warning the Trump administration against reassignments as a means to silence civil servants. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the ranking member on the...

Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing

July 24, 2017 Lawmakers are looking to reinstate a cap on the Defense Department’s service contract spending next year, amid concerns the Pentagon has unduly outsourced federal work. The measure was attached to the annual defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee, and would prevent Defense from spending more on...

The 'Chilling Effect' of Forced Reassignments at Trump's Interior Dept.

July 20, 2017 The Interior Department denied it did anything outside the normal order of business when it transferred a senior executive with a background in science to an accounting position, despite a high-profile claim of whistleblower retaliation from the employee. Joel Clement served as the director of the Office of Policy Analysis...

USPS Vows Corrective Action to ‘Systemic Violations’ of Hatch Act During 2016 Election

July 19, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service agreed to change its policy that allowed union employees to take unpaid time off to engage in political activity after an independent investigation found the agency engaged in “systemic violations” of the Hatch Act that led to an “institutional bias” in favor of certain candidates. Postmaster...

Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in the House GOP Budget

July 18, 2017 House Republicans on Tuesday issued their budget blueprint for fiscal 2018, proposing a $5 billion cut next year at non-defense agencies and a total of $1.3 trillion in reductions in domestic spending over the next 10 years. Lawmakers pitched a slew of governmentwide and individual agency reforms, including familiar targets...

The Homeland Security Hiring Surge Trump and Republicans Aren't Supporting

July 18, 2017 The Trump administration has prioritized hiring at the Homeland Security Department, but at one DHS component administration officials and Republican lawmakers are looking to roll back the ambitious goals previously laid out by President Obama. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday was expected to approve a DHS spending bill that...

Sustained EPA Cuts Could Make Employees Eager for Buyouts

July 17, 2017 Employees are eager to accept separation incentives at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to one of the labor leaders at the agency, who said many in the workforce have become disillusioned with their employer due to a steady reduction in resources. A House appropriations bill would slash EPA funding by...