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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.

Results 21-30 of 2014

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The State Department Spends $500M Annually on Perks for Employees Overseas

November 3, 2017 The State Department has spent $480 million annually on more than a dozen allowances for its employees stationed overseas over the past six years, according to a new report. About 70 percent of that spending went toward paying for the education of the children of State employees, hardship pay for...

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House Panel Backs Two-Year 'Cooling-Off Period' for Appointees Looking to Burrow In

November 2, 2017 A House committee on Thursday approved a measure that would require a two-year “cooling-off period” that any political appointee must endure before taking a career job. The Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act (H.R. 1132) would also codify existing rules from the Office of Personnel Management that require the agency to...

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Trump Opposes House-Backed Effort to Reform Emergency Disaster Spending

November 1, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved a bill to reshape the way the federal government responds to wildfires, despite pushback on the effort by the Trump administration. The Agriculture Department and its component Forest Service have for years decried the funding process for fighting the fires, noting the increasingly large portion...

Amid Federal Finger-Pointing, FEMA Takes Stock of Puerto Rico Effort

November 1, 2017 Federal officials on Tuesday consistently pointed the blame at the Puerto Rican government for failing to respond more quickly and comprehensively to the hurricane-driven disaster on the island, though it did acknowledge its own relief efforts have been imperfect. Lawmakers from both parties and agency leaders praised employees at the...

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FEMA Head Acknowledges Imperfect Federal Response in Puerto Rico

October 31, 2017 Federal officials on Tuesday consistently pointed the blame at the Puerto Rican government for failing to respond more quickly and comprehensively to the hurricane-driven disaster on the island, though it did acknowledge its own relief efforts have been imperfect. Lawmakers from both parties and agency leaders praised employees at the...

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FBI Employees Cannot Use Whistleblower Retaliation as a Defense, Court Rules

October 31, 2017 FBI employees do not have the right to defend themselves in federal court or a third-party appeals agency against adverse personnel actions using whistleblower retaliation, according to a recent ruling from the Federal Circuit. Most FBI employees were already prohibited in statute from appealing any adverse action before the Merit...

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Puerto Rico Terminates Controversial Contract to Restore Its Power

October 30, 2017 The Puerto Rican government is canceling a controversial contract that it established to restore power to the hurricane-ravaged island, amid concerns about the procurement process, unusual provisions within the agreement and exorbitant pricing. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority announced it would end the $300 million agreement entered into with...

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Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a 'Travesty'

October 27, 2017 The Trump administration is distancing itself from a controversial contract aimed at rebuilding the power grid in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which procurement experts and lawmakers say has dubious origins and contains highly unusual provisions. The contract in question was valued at $300 million and awarded to a small Montana firm,...

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OPM Finalizes Long-Desired Change to USPS Pensions

October 25, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service will finally see its payments into the federal employee pension account calculated using assumptions from its workforce specifically, rather than the federal workforce as a whole. The calculation has long been a sticking point at the mailing agency. USPS leadership has for years argued its payments...

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House GOP Gauges Trump Team’s Interest in Expediting Firing Across Government

October 25, 2017 A group of House Republicans and several conservative advocacy groups are planning to send a letter to Trump administration officials to promote and solicit interest in easing the firing process for employees across the federal government. Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., are gathering signatures for their letter,...