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Eric Katz

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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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With No Confirmed Director, OPM Could Struggle to Implement Trump’s Agenda

5:29 PM ET The federal government’s human resources office faces a slew of responsibilities in the coming months and years as President Trump aims to shrink many agencies and revamp the civil service, but it is tackling those issues without any leadership handpicked by the administration calling for those changes. Kathleen McGettigan, the...

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Peace Corps to Cut 20 Percent of Its Workforce

August 16, 2017 The Peace Corps is eliminating more than 20 percent of its workforce, the agency announced to employees earlier this month, in an effort to meet the demands in an executive order from President Trump. The agency is not planning at this point to lay off any of its employees, according...

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 16, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

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Federal Officials Say Privately They Are 'Pretty Certain' Layoffs Are Coming

August 16, 2017 Federal agency managers are privately telling members of the Trump administration they will soon lay off employees, according to Office of Personnel Management officials, and are seeking advice for how to do so in the most effective manner. Agencies are “pretty certain” they will need to institute reductions in force...

Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 15, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

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How Trump Can Successfully Reorganize the Government

August 15, 2017 To successfully implement its plan to reorganize government, the Trump administration should empower federal leaders and agencies, former personnel and management officials said at a panel discussion Tuesday. Speaking at the Washington headquarters of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, the former Republican leaders were supportive of Trump’s executive...

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Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

August 14, 2017 Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned on Monday. Already, said David Berteau, who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the Professional Services Council,...

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CBP Administered Polygraphs to Applicants Already Admitting Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking

August 11, 2017 Customs and Border Protection is spending millions of dollars conducting lie-detector tests on job applicants who have already admitted disqualifying information during their interviews, according to the Homeland Security Department inspector general. The IG warned the wastefulness could derail President Trump’s planned hiring spree at the agency. While a 2010...

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EPA Employees Are Earning Emergency Premium Pay Without Justification

August 10, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency is paying employees above their legal salary caps without the required justification, according to a new report. Nearly 75 percent of EPA employees at the agency’s region 10 based in Seattle, Wash., who were paid above the statutory biweekly cap in fiscal year 2015 through Jan....

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USPS Losses Grow to $2.1 Billion in Third Quarter

August 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service lost $2.1 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, including $587 million in what the agency deems “controllable losses,” a significant increase over the previous year. Revenue in the quarter actually stayed virtually flat in the period between April 1 and June 30 compared to...