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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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Former Trump Cabinet Member: Chaos a 'Pretty Accurate' Way to Describe Administration

October 15, 2018 The former head of the Veterans Affairs Department said on Monday that the Trump administration operated chaotically, whereas the Obama administration was a “well-run machine.” David Shulkin, the former VA secretary, said he followed a much clearer path to meet with the president and have decisions approved under President Obama...

DHS Says It’s Finally Hiring More Border Agents Than It’s Losing

October 12, 2018 Since nearly his first day in office, President Trump’s administration has said it will dramatically boost the number of agents at the nation’s borders. There was a holdup, however: the Homeland Security Department has been failing for years to bring on more Border Patrol agents than it lost, a trend...

Trump Administration to Create New Pay Systems for Some Federal Jobs

October 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration on Thursday announced it will create a series of new pay systems to reward certain groups of employees, using existing authority that the federal government has never before deployed. Margaret Weichert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management who took charge of the agency after...

Trump Administration to Create New Pay Systems for Some Federal Jobs

October 11, 2018 The Trump administration on Thursday announced it will create a series of new pay systems to reward certain groups of employees, using existing authority that the federal government has never before deployed. Margaret Weichert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management who took charge of the agency after...

How Attempts at Fixing the Civil Service System Have Made It Worse Off

October 10, 2018 Federal human resources officials on Wednesday said that congressional efforts to fix an outdated civil service system have complicated it as much as they have improved it. Lawmakers have repeatedly taken a piecemeal approach to providing relief to laws governing the federal workforce that date back to the 19th century...

New OPM Chief Takes First Action in Implementing Part of Largely Overturned Workforce EOs

October 10, 2018 The Trump administration is moving forward with at least one provision of its series of reforms aimed at the federal workforce, most of which were struck down in federal court. The provision calls on federal agencies to permanently maintain all entries to employees’ personnel records, rather than erasing or modifying...

Behind the Trump Administration's 'Brutal' Decision to Remove Its Federal Personnel Chief

October 9, 2018 The Trump administration asked its head of federal personnel to step down over tensions regarding the future of his agency, according to several sources familiar with the decision. Jeff Pon, who until Friday served as director of the Office of Personnel Management, agreed to resign, but the decision came from...

Newly Enacted Reforms Will Change the Way the Federal Government Responds to Disasters

October 8, 2018 Congress last week voted to overhaul the way the federal government responds to disasters, refocusing more of its efforts on mitigation while allowing affected individuals to benefit from multiple forms of assistance. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act, tucked into a larger legislative package, makes changes to a decades-old law that...

White House Replaces Federal Personnel Director in Surprise Shakeup

October 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House on Friday announced that Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, is now leading the Office of Personnel Management as its acting director. The announcement came as OPM’s Senate-confirmed director, Jeff Pon, abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, an agency...

White House Replaces Federal Personnel Director in Surprise Shakeup

October 5, 2018 The White House on Friday announced that Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, is now leading the Office of Personnel Management as its acting director. The announcement came as OPM’s Senate-confirmed director, Jeff Pon, abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, an agency...