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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating Office to Identify VA Employees to Fire

4:59 PM ET President Trump this week will sign an executive order to create a new office in the Veterans Affairs Department to increase employee accountability and protect whistleblowers, according to a White House official. The order will establish the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within VA, which has for years taken...

Trump Won’t Rule Out Veto of a Shutdown-Averting Bill

4:26 PM ET President Trump declined to rule out vetoing a spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown if the measure does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawmakers and the White House have through Friday to reach a deal to keep federal agencies open, but so...

Trump Administration Begins Shutdown Preparations

April 21, 2017 The Trump administration has begun preparing for a government shutdown that could begin next week, even as congressional negotiators work to finalize a preliminary agreement to keep agencies open. The formal process in which the Office of Management and Budget instructs agencies to “review and update orderly shutdown plans” is...

TSA Will Also Partially Continue Its Hiring Freeze

April 20, 2017 Add another agency to the list of those limping out of the federal hiring freeze, despite President Trump ending the moratorium last week: the Transportation Security Administration is continuing the freeze for some positions. All non-front line positions will be frozen, TSA’s acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot said in a...

ICE’s ‘Management Deficiencies’ Are Preventing It From Deporting More Immigrants

April 20, 2017 President Trump has ordered a massive hiring surge to carry out a hallmark policy of deporting more undocumented immigrants, but a new report has found the agency he wants to staff up is failing to properly manage the employees it already has on board to carry out that task. “Management...

EPA To Offer Employees Buyouts, Early Retirement This Year

April 19, 2017 This story has been updated. The Environmental Protection Agency will begin offering employees financial incentives to leave the agency this year, according to an internal memorandum obtained by Government Executive. As part of its efforts to meet the requirements of recently issued guidance from the Office of Management and Budget...

The House's Top Federal Agency Overseer Will Not Seek Reelection

April 19, 2017 The House lawmaker with primary oversight of the federal workforce announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2018. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he will rejoin the private sector, ending what will be a four-year tenure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz has...

Trump Cabinet Secretary Tells Lawmakers to ‘Shut Up’ and Support Front-Line Feds

April 18, 2017 A key member of President Trump’s Cabinet came to the defense of front-line federal employees Tuesday, telling members of Congress and the public to stop unfairly denigrating his workers for simply doing their jobs. Homeland Security Department employees have been “political pawns” in recent years, Secretary John Kelly said in...

Key Lawmakers From Both Parties Urge Trump to Fill Vacant IG Positions

April 18, 2017 President Trump should act immediately to fill vacant inspector general positions, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is urging. More than a dozen senators and House members signed their names to a pair of letters to the president, including the leadership of both chambers' executive branch oversight committees. The unfilled...

The Potential Pitfalls of Trump’s Plan for Agencies to Transform Themselves

April 17, 2017 President Trump has instructed federal agencies to revamp, streamline and ultimately downsize -- a task that could prove more difficult than Trump’s promise to simply “do more with less.” Agencies hold some authority to rearrange their priorities and structure, according to individuals with experience in reorganizing government, but several factors...

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