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 Pledges New Office to Bring Business Innovation to Government Operations

March 27, 2017 This story has been updated with details from Trump's presidential memorandum. The Trump administration is launching a new office to spur innovation in government operations, the White House announced Monday, promising to give business acumen a more prominent role in federal activities. President Trump tapped Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and...

With Potential 2017 Cuts Looming, OPM Updates Furlough and RIF Guidance

March 24, 2017 The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts leave the fates of hundreds of programs and even entire agencies hanging in the balance next year, but agencies could face severe cutbacks more immediately. The White House suggested an additional $18 billion in reductions to non-defense discretionary spending for the rest of fiscal...

Lawmakers, Officials Agree Being Alive Shouldn’t Be Sole Factor for Defense Promotions

March 23, 2017 The Defense Department needs more training for employees and better tools to reward top performers, lawmakers and former top Pentagon officials said at a Senate hearing Thursday. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pledged to develop legislation to reform the personnel system. Senators on the Armed Services Committee called...

Postal Service Asks Its Regulator to Stop Regulating Its Prices

March 23, 2017 The Postal Service is looking to replace the middleman that sets the prices for its products, requesting instead that it hold the power to set rates on its own. The proposal would eliminate the rate cap set by the Postal Regulatory Commission since 2006, put in place to protect USPS...

Trump Fans and Critics Alike Question the Proposed Hiring Surge at Homeland Security

March 22, 2017 Lawmakers and employee groups at a Senate hearing on Wednesday cast doubt on President Trump’s planned hiring surge at the Homeland Security Department, saying that a better way to improve border security and immigration enforcement would be to boost sinking morale and rein in a bloated management workforce. Immigration and...

Lawmaker Looks to Expedite Federal Firings, Demotions and Pay Cuts

March 22, 2017 A conservative lawmaker introduced legislation this week to expedite the disciplinary process throughout the federal government, allowing agency heads to more quickly fire, demote or cut the pay of their employees. The 2017 Federal Employees Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., would limit the time federal employees have...

Supreme Court Limits Who Can Be Appointed as an Acting Agency Leader

March 21, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. Senior leaders at federal agencies cannot serve in acting capacities at positions to which they have been nominated by the president to serve permanently, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The decision is seen as a victory for those who want...

Federal Managers Still Think Teleworkers Perform Worse, Report Finds

March 21, 2017 Federal managers often still discourage employees from teleworking, despite a mandate from Congress and individual agency guidance directing them to expand the program. Telework has grown dramatically as a result of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, with 40 percent more federal employees taking advantage of the benefit in fiscal 2015...

The 10 Largest Programs on Trump’s Chopping Block

March 20, 2017 President Trump requested an array of cuts in his fiscal 2018 budget to arrive at $54 billion in overall reductions in domestic agency discretionary spending. He proposed eliminating entirely 19 independent agencies, though the real meat in terms of dollars came from inside Cabinet-level agencies. By the White House’s estimate,...

House Approves Measures Reforming VA Hiring and Firing

March 17, 2017 Veterans Affairs may soon find it easier to hire and fire employees, with the House passing two bills this week attempting to streamline the department's archaic personnel rules. Along largely partisan lines, the House approved the contentious VA Accountability First Act on Thursday evening. The bill would give the VA...

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