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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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VA Denies Accusations of Restricting Hiring at Local Facilities

April 12, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department on Thursday pushed back against reports that it is restricting hiring at its local facilities nationwide, saying it has only tightened a freeze at its central office in Washington, D.C. VA’s rebuttal came after a group of Democratic senators wrote to Peter O’Rourke, the department’s chief...

Trump's New Pick to Lead State Promises to Fill 'Demoralizing' Vacancies

April 12, 2018 President Trump’s nominee to lead the State Department promised on Thursday to fill job vacancies that are “demoralizing for the workforce.” Mike Pompeo, currently the CIA director, pledged to reduce the growing number of vacancies departmentwide if he is confirmed as secretary of State. He made his comments before the...

Paul Ryan Will Leave Behind a Legacy of Hostility Towards Feds

April 11, 2018 The most powerful member of the House announced on Wednesday he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, likely leaving behind a legacy of attempted but seldom realized cuts to federal employees’ pay, benefits and jobs. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he would step down...

IG Slams Interior for Failing to Support Its Senior Executive Reassignments

April 11, 2018 The Interior Department failed to spell out any coherent or consistent plan to support its reassignment of nearly three-dozen career senior executives last year, according to a new report, leading to the impression the new jobs were chosen for political or punitive reasons. The lack of documentation surrounding Interior’s controversial...

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...