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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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Federal Agencies Deal With Sexual Misconduct Inconsistently

October 20, 2017 Federal agencies are operating with no clear definition of sexual misconduct and have doled out inconsistent punishments for those found to have engaged in the behavior, according to a new report from House Republicans. Dozens of agencies have no “table of penalties” detailing the disciplinary expectation for each type of...

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Postal Service Asks Employees to Volunteer to Relocate to Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service is recruiting employees from the continental United States to serve stints in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where the agency is working slowly to restore normal services. USPS is not offering any relocation incentives, travel reimbursements or even food or lodging per diems. Volunteers will receive their regular...

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Congress, FBI Already Investigating Potential Abuse of Federal Funds in Puerto Rico's Disaster Response

October 18, 2017 A congressional committee is investigating potential abuse of federal funds and resources provided to local municipalities in Puerto Rico, citing red flags raised by the FBI. The House Natural Resources Committee probed the Federal Emergency Management Agency and FBI regarding accusations of “mishandling and misappropriation of emergency supplies” provided by...

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Trump Administration’s Plan to Expand Private Care for Vets Sparks Fight Over VA's Future

October 17, 2017 The Trump administration has issued its plan to streamline and expand its programs allowing veterans to receive health care from the private sector, igniting the first spark in an upcoming fight on the future of the government’s role in providing care to former military personnel. The Veterans Affairs Department wants...

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DoJ Official Had Sex With 'Numerous' Women on Federal Property, Then Lied About It

October 16, 2017 A top career official at the Justice Department “engaged in sexual activity with several different women” on government property, according to a new investigative report. The chief deputy U.S. Marshals Service employee initially lied to the Justice inspector general when confronted about the activity, the auditors said on Monday. They...

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Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into SES Reassignments

October 16, 2017 House Democrats are pushing back on the Trump administration’s quest to reassign senior executives in government, launching an investigation into job movements at the Interior Department. The reassignments “raise serious concerns” about retaliation and wasteful spending, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a recent letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke....

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How Trump’s End to Obamacare Subsidies Increases the Threat of a Government Shutdown

October 13, 2017 Congressional Democrats raised the prospect of a government shutdown over President Trump’s decision to cut off funding for a key Affordable Care Act subsidy, saying the payments may need to be reinstated for their caucus to approve the next round of appropriations. Trump on Friday announced he would no longer...

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Lawmakers Debate Bringing BRAC to VA Health Care Facilities

October 12, 2017 House lawmakers are pushing for the Veterans Affairs Department to go through a process to close down or realign underutilized medical facilities, similar to the Base Realignment and Closure process at the Defense Department. The measure would require the VA secretary to assess the department’s current capacity to provide health...

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Federal Agencies Significantly Ramp Up California Wildfire Response

October 12, 2017 There are now 1,500 federal personnel fighting wildfires in California, a dramatic increase from just a few days ago. Fires across northern California have killed at least 23 people, destroyed hundreds of structures and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. Federal agencies—led primarily by the Forest Service—had just...

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House Approves Bill to Give Cost-Saving Feds $20,000 Bonuses

October 11, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved a measure to give bonuses of up to $20,000 to employees who find ways to cut costs at their agencies. The 2017 Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378), introduced by Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., would increase the maximum bonus available to...