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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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Lawmakers Announce Deal to Avoid Shutdown

September 13, 2018 Lawmakers announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement that would avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month. Absent any action, current funding would expire Sept. 30 and agencies would be forced to close their doors. At a conference committee meeting on Thursday, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.,...

Congress Begins Formally Blocking Trump's Government Reorganization Plan

September 12, 2018 Lawmakers have struck their first bicameral deal for a fiscal 2019 funding bill, which would set line-by-line appropriations for a handful of agencies, including the Energy and Veterans Affairs departments, as well as the legislative branch. While the bill is generally viewed as non-controversial, lawmakers included certain restrictions on the...

Evacuations, Closures and Leave: How Federal Agencies Are Preparing for Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018 Several federal agencies with a footprint in the path of Hurricane Florence are preparing for the storm, including by relocating resources, finding alternative work sites for staff and closing facilities. Florence is approaching the East Coast as a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas...

IRS' New Private Debt Collection Program Is Off to a Terrible Start, IG Says

September 10, 2018 Private companies contracted by the Internal Revenue Service are leaving taxpayers vulnerable to scams and exploitative practices, being trusted to self-report complaints and bringing in just a small fraction of the debt they are assigned to collect, according to a scathing new report from the agency’s inspector general. While an...

EEOC Probes One of its Own Managers After Complaints of Coerced Sex

September 10, 2018 The federal agency tasked with investigating sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace is probing one of its own supervisors for allegedly engaging in sexual quid pro quo arrangements with subordinates, according to several individuals involved in or aware of the case. The activity allegedly took place at the Miami...

Trump Administration Fights for Federal Retirees at Supreme Court

September 7, 2018 The Trump administration is standing up for federal retirees in a case before the Supreme Court, arguing they should not face disparate tax treatment compared to their state counterparts. The case involves a precedent known as intergovernmental tax immunity and the 1939 Public Salary Tax Act, which dictates how states...

House Republicans Organize Letter Asking Trump to Reverse Pay Freeze

September 6, 2018 A group of House Republicans are organizing a letter to President Trump asking him to reverse his decision to freeze federal employees’ pay in 2019. The letter, which lawmakers will send to the White House on Friday, has bipartisan backing, and was spearheaded by Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va. It follows...

The Number of Top Career Execs Leaving Government Nearly Doubled in Trump's First Year

September 5, 2018 The number of top civil servants departing the federal government nearly doubled during President Trump’s first year in office, federal data show, far outpacing even past transitions. More than 1,500 Senior Executive Service employees separated from federal service in fiscal 2017, an 82 percent increase from the previous year. Looked...

EPA Doubled Spending on Administrator's Security Without Justification, IG Finds

September 4, 2018 Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt doubled spending on his security detail compared to his predecessor, according to a new audit, and failed to justify the increase. EPA’s decision to provide Pruitt with protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week broke from recent precedent in which the...

Some Recently Fired VA Employees May Soon Be Reinstated With Back Pay

August 31, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department may soon have to reinstate many of the employees it fired over the last year, following a ruling from a third-party arbitrator that said the agency has violated a collective bargaining agreement in enforcing one of the key reforms signed into law by President Trump. The...