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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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Mnuchin’s Pricey Government Travel Breaks From Coach-Flying Predecessor

March 16, 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has never traveled on a commercial flight during his tenure, according to newly released documents, breaking the practice of at least some of his predecessors. Mnuchin has spent nearly $1 million of department money to fly on military aircraft, internal Treasury documents obtained by Citizens for...

State, White House Officials Conspired to Root Out Disloyal Career Workers, Whistleblower Docs Show

March 15, 2018 Political appointees at the State Department targeted career employees for their work during the Obama administration and discussed “cleaning” out civil servants not sufficiently supportive of the Trump administration, according to internal documents released by congressional Democrats. The documents, which were reviewed by Government Executive after the lawmakers received them...

New Details Emerge on Carson’s Office Upgrade, Pruitt’s Sound-Proof Booth

March 14, 2018 New details surrounding two Trump administration Cabinet officials’ expenditures to spruce up their offices came to light this week, demonstrating more direct involvement and higher spending totals than previously suspected. Emails obtained by the watchdog group American Oversight show Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and his wife Candy,...

VA Is Overstepping Congressional Intent With 'Unacceptable' Firings, Senators Say

March 13, 2018 A group of Democratic senators has sounded the alarm over the Trump administration’s enforcement of a key civil service reform President Trump signed into law last year, accusing the Veterans Affairs Department of abusing and misusing authority Congress provided to expedite the firing of poorly performing or misbehaving employees. VA...

Unions Push Back on Trump Administration's Plans to Shrink Labor-Management Agency

March 12, 2018 The federal agency tasked with overseeing labor-management relations in government is planning to shutter two of its seven regional offices, and federal employee unions are not happy about it. The Federal Labor Relations Authority announced the closures of its Boston and Dallas offices in its fiscal 2019 budget justification, saying...

Trump’s Nominee for Employee Protection Board Has Checkered Past With Protecting Employees

March 9, 2018 In 2015, a federal court awarded a Social Security Administration employee more than $200,000 to cover attorney fees and other costs associated with the employee’s wrongful termination and ensuing legal battles. In issuing the ruling, Richard Matsch, a senior judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado,...

Political Pressure and Confusion Marked Interior’s Reassignment of Career Execs, Internal Docs Show

March 9, 2018 The Interior Department’s reassignment of a large swath of its top career employees sparked confusion and pushback, recently released internal emails show, prompting some executives to quit and others to question the wisdom of the forced transfers. The decision to require roughly three-dozen Senior Executive Service employees to take on...

'Culture of Complacency:' Investigators Fault VA Leadership for Medical Facility's 'Systemic' Failures

March 7, 2018 Widespread, systemic failures at a Veterans Affairs Department medical facility in Washington, D.C., persisted for years, according to a scathing new watchdog report, despite managers throughout the agency knowing about the problems. VA leaders at multiple levels failed to address a series of issues that put veterans’ health at risk...

With Board Hamstrung, Federal Employee Appeals Backlog Grows to Largest Ever Total

March 6, 2018 The backlog of employees challenging their firings, suspensions and other negative actions reached an all time high last year, as a lack of political appointees at the quasi-judicial agency with oversight of the appeals process has blocked the agency from conducting its normal activities. The backlog of cases before the...

Trump Administration Plans to Slash Labor Relations Board, Consolidate Power

March 5, 2018 The Trump administration is looking to undermine the fundamental mission of the National Labor Relations Board, according to several employee and outside groups, who are objecting to cuts and a proposed reorganization of the agency. Proposals from NLRB officials appointed by President Trump would seek to centralize functions currently performed...