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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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Postal Stakeholders Are Impressed With Trump's Task Force So Far

June 8, 2018 President Trump’s task force to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service is up and running, and despite concerns that its members would simply follow the direction preset by the tweeter-in-chief, stakeholders in the postal community are impressed with seriousness and attention to detail with which the group has approached its undertaking....

House Passes Bill to Rescind $15 Billion From Federal Agencies

June 7, 2018 The House on Thursday approved 210-206 President Trump’s proposal to revoke $15 billion in appropriated funds from federal agencies, the first such rescission package since the Clinton administration. Most of the clawbacks would not affect agencies directly, as they deal with money that Congress appropriated that went unspent or that...

Major Changes to Federal Separation Pay and Hiring Tucked Into Senate Defense Bill

June 7, 2018 The Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would dramatically alter the federal hiring process and permanently boost the maximum buyout agencies can offer their employees. The hiring changes included in the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act stem from a bill a Senate panel cleared last year to enable...

Administration Official: Don’t Forget We Also Want to Reward Good Feds

June 6, 2018 A key Trump administration official said on Wednesday that while the attention from President Trump’s recent civil service executive orders focused on disciplinary measures, the president views as equally important the provisions to better reward top performers. With unemployment numbers so low, competition for talent with the private sector is...

The Trump Administration Is Begging Congress to Give It Less Money

June 5, 2018 The Trump administration sent multiple letters to Congress this week asking it to give federal agencies less money than lawmakers are planning, continuing a pattern in which the White House has said it needs less money to run the bureaucracy than the Republican-controlled Congress wants to allocate. In a series...

Claiming 'Significant Shift,' Pentagon Seeks to Boost Civilian Hiring

June 4, 2018 President Trump and White House officials have repeatedly made clear they expect every federal agency in government to slash its workforce. The Defense Department, however, is going its own way. The largest federal agency said in a recent business plan that while other agencies may need to cut employees, it...

The Federal Agencies With the Most (and Least) Sexual Harassment

June 4, 2018 More than one in five female federal employees said they experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent survey, and 14 percent of all federal workers reported the same. At every major agency in government, more women than men said they...

Poll: More Americans Want the 'Best People' in Government Than Private Sector

June 1, 2018 Throughout his campaign for president, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to bring the “best people” into government under his administration. The president has perhaps seen even more success at getting people to leave government. The May jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday showed an additional...

ICE Cancels Proposed Contract for Help in Hiring Thousands of Deportation Officers

May 31, 2018 The Trump administration last week abruptly canceled a solicitation for a private sector partner to help it hire thousands of deportation officers and support personnel, citing delays in obtaining the requisite funding. Immigration and Customs Enforcement vowed to move forward with awarding the contract in October, at the turn of...

The Pentagon Is Increasingly Using Special Authority to Quickly Hire STEM Candidates

May 31, 2018 The Defense Department’s laboratories have relied on special hiring authorities to bring on most of their new employees in recent years, according to a new report, but the department has failed to measure whether they are using those authorities effectively. Nearly half of the 11,500 Defense lab hires between fiscal...