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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Hiring Freeze Will Cause Longer Delays in Disputing Social Security Claims, Group Warns

October 24, 2016 Federal administrative judges tasked with overseeing Social Security claims are warning a hiring freeze will further slow an already delayed appeals process. Citing a figure from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, the Association of Administrative Law Judges said it currently takes 540 days for...

Lawmakers Urge Federal Government to Stop Selling Defective Cars to the Public

October 24, 2016 Lawmakers have asked the General Services Administration to stop selling defective cars formerly used by federal agencies, saying the practice is in conflict with Uncle Sam's responsibility to look out for the well being of Americans. Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Ill.; Frank Pallone, N.J.; G.K. Butterfield, N.C.; and Lois Capps,...

Trump Pledges Governmentwide Hiring Freeze

October 22, 2016 Donald Trump on Saturday promised his administration would implement a hiring freeze across the federal government if he is elected. Trump announced the plan in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of his “contract for the American voter.” He said the hiring freeze would be one of the top priorities he would...

IG Faults EPA for Not Intervening Seven Months Sooner in Flint Water Crisis

October 21, 2016 The Environmental Protection Agency stayed silent on water contamination in Flint, Mich., for seven months longer than it should have, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general. EPA’s Region Five, headquartered in Chicago, had the “authority and sufficient information” to issue an emergency order to “protect Flint...

Committee Seeks Investigation Into OPM’s Slower Retirement Claims Processing

October 20, 2016 This story has been updated. A bipartisan group of lawmakers with oversight of the federal workforce has tasked government auditors with investigating whether the retirement process is operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...

Clinton and Trump Had A Lot to Say About Government Management in Final Debate

October 19, 2016 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated for the final time on Wednesday, touching on a variety of issues that could impact federal agencies and their employees. Clinton repeatedly cited her experience running the State Department and spoke out against shutting down the government for political purposes, while Trump lodged attacks...

Trump Is Crowdsourcing How to Make His Cabinet Great

October 19, 2016 Government leaders have embraced crowdsourcing for an array of projects. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to crowdsource the government leaders themselves. In an email from the Republican National Committee to its listserv, the party solicited advice on who should serve in a Trump administration. The survey, RNC Co-Chair Sharon...

Lawmakers Concerned 'New' VA Leadership Transferred From Within Department

October 19, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department has reshuffled its top leadership more than it has hired new management since the wait-time and patient data manipulation scandal was unearthed in 2014, according to a new investigation. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed disappointment in VA’s failure to bring in more new...

Trump Takes a Page from Bill Clinton on Making Feds More Ethical

October 18, 2016 In a speech Monday, the Republican presidential nominee proposed bringing back a five-year post-government lobbying ban on all executive branch employees in place for most of the Bill Clinton administration. “I am going to re-institute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after...

Agencies Found to Be Ignoring IGs to the Tune of $87 Billion

October 18, 2016 Federal agencies are wasting $87 billion by failing to implement more than 15,000 inspector general recommendations, according to a new report released by Republican senators. Many of the proposals have been floated for more than 10 years, wrote Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

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