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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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The 'Chilling Effect' of Forced Reassignments at Trump's Interior Dept.

5:20 PM ET The Interior Department denied it did anything outside the normal order of business when it transferred a senior executive with a background in science to an accounting position, despite a high-profile claim of whistleblower retaliation from the employee. Joel Clement served as the director of the Office of Policy Analysis...

USPS Vows Corrective Action to ‘Systemic Violations’ of Hatch Act During 2016 Election

July 19, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service agreed to change its policy that allowed union employees to take unpaid time off to engage in political activity after an independent investigation found the agency engaged in “systemic violations” of the Hatch Act that led to an “institutional bias” in favor of certain candidates. Postmaster...

Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in the House GOP Budget

July 18, 2017 House Republicans on Tuesday issued their budget blueprint for fiscal 2018, proposing a $5 billion cut next year at non-defense agencies and a total of $1.3 trillion in reductions in domestic spending over the next 10 years. Lawmakers pitched a slew of governmentwide and individual agency reforms, including familiar targets...

The Homeland Security Hiring Surge Trump and Republicans Aren't Supporting

July 18, 2017 The Trump administration has prioritized hiring at the Homeland Security Department, but at one DHS component administration officials and Republican lawmakers are looking to roll back the ambitious goals previously laid out by President Obama. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday was expected to approve a DHS spending bill that...

Sustained EPA Cuts Could Make Employees Eager for Buyouts

July 17, 2017 Employees are eager to accept separation incentives at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to one of the labor leaders at the agency, who said many in the workforce have become disillusioned with their employer due to a steady reduction in resources. A House appropriations bill would slash EPA funding by...

DHS Spent Millions on Conferences It Didn’t Report

July 14, 2017 The Homeland Security Department failed to report nearly two dozen conferences in 2014 and 2015 with a cumulative price tag of more than $3.5 million, according to a new report, skirting federal requirements. DHS did not publicly report two out of every three conferences that cost more than $100,000, the...

Lawmakers Task Trump Administration With Overhauling Federal Hiring

July 14, 2017 Lawmakers want to hear the Trump administration’s ideas for overhauling the federal hiring process, and are allowing just more than a year to come up with a plan. House appropriators in their report on the fiscal 2018 financial services and general government spending bill tasked the Office of Personnel Management...

House GOP Rejects Massive EPA, Interior Cuts While Approving Buyouts at Both Agencies

July 13, 2017 House Republicans do not plan to go along with President Trump’s proposal to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, putting forward a spending bill with far less severe budget cuts that still supports efforts to reduce the agencies’ workforces. The House Appropriations Committee would still cut EPA’s...

House-Backed Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Feds Who Discriminate

July 12, 2017 Federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections under a bill agreed to unanimously by the House on Tuesday, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions. Equal Employment Opportunity programs would operate independently of any human capital or general counsel offices under the 2017 Federal Employee...

Staff Cuts and Budget Increases Are Both on Tap for 2019

July 12, 2017 The Trump administration has provided federal agencies with the latitude to request up to a 5 percent funding boost in fiscal 2019, saying the White House may accommodate a “limited number” of programmatic increases in its final blueprint. Generally, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a...