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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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As Probes Pile Up, Trump Administration Says It’s Reunified All Eligible Immigrant Families

July 27, 2018 The Trump administration on Thursday met a court-ordered deadline to reunify all eligible immigrant families it had separated at the border, according to new court documents, but more than 700 children remain in government custody because their parents were deemed ineligible to take them back. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, working...

OPM May Scrap the Most Significant Change in Its Reorg Plan

July 26, 2018 The Trump administration is moving forward with initial steps in reshuffling its responsibilities for personnel management, as it called for in its recently unveiled government reorganization plan, but is now suggesting it may not implement some of the most significant proposals at all. As part of the first phase of...

Claiming Trump Has ‘Declared War,’ Feds Rally to Fight Back Against Executive Orders

July 25, 2018 Hundreds of government employees gathered outside a courthouse in downtown Washington on Wednesday to protest President Trump's executive orders that changed the rules governing the federal workforce, calling the measures an assault on the civil service and a threat to democracy. Workers, union representatives and lawmakers rallied behind the cry...

Congressional Negotiators Strip Buyout Increase for Feds From Defense Bill

July 24, 2018 Lawmakers on Monday evening unveiled a compromise defense authorization package that stripped from a previous version a provision to increase the maximum buyout agencies can offer to federal employees, but included a measure to significantly cut a number of the Pentagon’s back office functions. A Senate version of the fiscal...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie to Serve as Trump's Second VA Secretary

July 23, 2018 The Senate on Monday voted overwhelmingly to approve Robert Wilkie to serve as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, the second confirmed to the position under President Trump. Wilkie, who served as acting VA secretary after President Trump fired David Shulkin earlier this year (until Wilkie was nominated to fill...

OPM Begins Planning Its Reorganization Despite Pushback From Lawmakers

July 23, 2018 Lawmakers are once again taking steps to ensure the Trump administration does not implement elements of its plan to reorganize the government without authority from Congress, putting a potential snag in the White House’s plans. Both the House and Senate included in their fiscal 2019 appropriations bills provisions to block...

Delayed EPA Response to Water Crisis Increased Health Risks to Flint Residents, IG Finds

July 21, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency made a series of errors and oversights in reaction to contamination of drinking water in Flint, Mich., according to a new watchdog report that primarily faulted regional leadership for failing to properly recognize and respond to the gravity of the situation in a timely manner. While...

Trump Administration: 'There’s Going to Be Some Issues' Meeting Deadline to Reunite Immigrant Families

July 20, 2018 With one week until a court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite immigrant families it had separated upon entering the country, 82 percent of children between the ages of five and 17 remain apart from their parents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 2,551 minors in that category, 450...

Delayed EPA Response to Water Crisis Increased Health Risks to Flint Residents, IG Finds

July 20, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency made a series of errors and oversights in reaction to contamination of drinking water in Flint, Mich., according to a new watchdog report that primarily faulted the agency's regional leadership for failing to properly recognize and respond to the gravity of the situation in a timely...

VA Is Letting Senior Officials Off the Hook While Disproportionately Punishing Whistleblowers, Audit Finds

July 19, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department may have taken disciplinary action against hundreds of rank-and-file employees without justification, according to a new report, while in some cases failing to follow through on punishments for senior leaders after they were proposed. Congress has for years worked to reform the disciplinary process at VA,...