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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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After Promising Fixes, National Park Service Faces Renewed Criticisms of Toxic Culture

July 5, 2017 Amid rampant accusations of sexual harassment and other widespread misconduct, the now acting director of the National Park Service promised last year to transform the agency by creating a plan to “fundamentally change” its culture. So far, NPS is not receiving good reviews. The NPS culture is instead breeding corruption,...

Lawmakers Reject White House Request for More Money to Cut Government

July 3, 2017 The White House Office of Management and Budget turned some heads on Capitol Hill when it requested a spending boost for itself while demanding cuts throughout the rest of the federal government. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney told an appropriations subcommittee last month that his agency faced new responsibilities—including overseeing restructuring...

Defense Authorization Bill Looks to Boost Civilian Workforce

June 30, 2017 House lawmakers are intent on protecting the Defense Department’s civilian workforce from unnecessary cuts, voting this week to require the Pentagon to submit a plan to ensure it retains a sufficient number of civil servants. An amendment added to the Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would require the report...

House Republicans Want to Eliminate Federal Election Assistance Agency

June 30, 2017 House Republicans are taking aim at a small federal agency that helps provide election oversight and guidance, saying its functions are no longer necessary. A spending bill from the House Appropriations Committee unveiled Thursday would give the Election Assistance Commission 60 days to terminate itself. The small agency was created...

Agencies Send Employees Guidance on Travel Ban Implementation

June 29, 2017 Federal agencies provided guidance to employees as they prepared to implement President Trump’s travel ban, just days after receiving clearance from the Supreme Court to move forward with some sections of the controversial executive order. The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it had sent guidance to Customs and Border Protection...

Trump Administration Looks to Give Federal Employees Fewer Opioids

June 28, 2017 The Trump administration is promising to give federal employees injured on the job fewer prescription opioids, noting the risk of substance abuse for that line of treatment. The Labor Department’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation instituted new rules that took effect this week, which will limit the duration of opioid...

Federal Agencies Promise 'Professional, Organized' Implementation of Trump's Travel Ban

June 27, 2017 The Trump administration is promising an orderly implementation of the parts of the president’s travel executive order the Supreme Court on Monday allowed to move forward, looking to avoid the turbulent rollout that plagued the policy in its initial iteration. The nation’s top court said the administration may begin blocking...

Privatized Tax Debt Collection Again Sparks Firestorm

June 26, 2017 This story has been updated with additional comment. Some taxpayers are receiving advice to borrow against their homes or retirement savings to pay off their tax debts under a new program that has outsourced that collection to private companies. The Internal Revenue Service has contracted with four debt collectors in...

Supreme Court Rules on Civil Service Law

June 23, 2017 The Supreme Court on Friday ruled against the government and in favor of a former Census Bureau employee, finding certain federal workers who appeal adverse actions on the basis of both civil service and antidiscrimination violations should file their cases in district court. In a 7-2 opinion, the court ruled...

Trump Calls Civil Service Laws ‘Outdated’ in Signing VA Firing Reform

June 23, 2017 President Trump on Friday signed a reform of civil service laws at the Veterans Affairs Department, saying he was “very proud” to be enacting the bill to ease the firing of employees. Trump highlighted what he called the “transformative change” his administration has already implemented and said the VA Accountability...