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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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How Trump’s End to Obamacare Subsidies Increases the Threat of a Government Shutdown

October 13, 2017 Congressional Democrats raised the prospect of a government shutdown over President Trump’s decision to cut off funding for a key Affordable Care Act subsidy, saying the payments may need to be reinstated for their caucus to approve the next round of appropriations. Trump on Friday announced he would no longer...

Lawmakers Debate Bringing BRAC to VA Health Care Facilities

October 12, 2017 House lawmakers are pushing for the Veterans Affairs Department to go through a process to close down or realign underutilized medical facilities, similar to the Base Realignment and Closure process at the Defense Department. The measure would require the VA secretary to assess the department’s current capacity to provide health...

Federal Agencies Significantly Ramp Up California Wildfire Response

October 12, 2017 There are now 1,500 federal personnel fighting wildfires in California, a dramatic increase from just a few days ago. Fires across northern California have killed at least 23 people, destroyed hundreds of structures and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. Federal agencies—led primarily by the Forest Service—had just...

House Approves Bill to Give Cost-Saving Feds $20,000 Bonuses

October 11, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to give bonuses of up to $20,000 to employees who find ways to cut costs at their agencies. The 2017 Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378), introduced by Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., would increase the maximum bonus available to...

Government's Ethics Watchdog Warns Trump Team to Improve Behavior

October 11, 2017 Federal agency heads have received a stern warning from the government’s chief ethics watchdog, advising them to go beyond what is merely legal to set an example for their employees. David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, sent a letter to agency leaders Oct. 5 following a...

Hundreds of Federal Personnel Aiding in Fighting California Wildfires

October 10, 2017 Federal agencies have hundreds of firefighters working to put out flames raging throughout California, officials said Tuesday, aiding in efforts to contain blazes that have devastated large portions of the state. The Forest Service has about 500 personnel combating the fires, which have burned through more than 100,000 acres of...

House Authorizes Hiring Spree of 10,000 Feds

October 6, 2017 House lawmakers are pushing the Homeland Security Department to hire 10,000 new employees, doubling a request initially made by President Trump. The 2017 Border Security for America Act (H.R. 3548) would authorize Customs and Border Protection to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and an additional 5,000 customs officers. The...

FEMA Still Planning Additional Influx of Federal Personnel in Puerto Rico

October 6, 2017 The Trump administration on Thursday promised a large increase in the number of federal personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico, noting it still has a significant amount of short and long-term work ahead of it to help the hurricane-ravaged island. Federal agencies have already deployed 14,000 personnel to the...

House Democrats: Hold Hearings on the 'Degradation of the Federal Workforce'

October 5, 2017 House Democrats are calling for hearings on what they call the Trump administration’s “degradation of the federal workforce,” complaining federal agencies are conducting their White House-mandated reorganizations with little transparency or oversight. Eighteen Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested an increased spotlight on the administration’s efforts...

Interior Whistleblower Resigns, Citing 'All-Out Assault on the Civil Service'

October 4, 2017 A career civil servant who claimed retribution by the Trump administration after speaking out as a whistleblower resigned from his post on Wednesday, citing poor leadership and wasteful spending as the factors that drove him out. Joel Clement was one of dozens of Senior Executive Service employees reassigned to different...