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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’s Interior Nominee Pledges to Eliminate Sexual Harassment at Department

1:40 PM ET President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department pledged during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday to eradicate harassment among his future employees, calling it a drag on morale. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., the Interior secretary-designate, promised to institute a “zero-tolerance” policy on issues of sexual assault. The National Park...

One-Third of Feds Won't Commit to Staying During Trump Administration

1:06 PM ET Less than two-thirds of the federal workforce is firmly committed to staying on the job following the election of Donald Trump as president, according to a new survey. More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when...

Nearly 60 Percent of Federal Employees Disapprove of Trump’s Transition

January 17, 2017 The majority of federal employees disapprove of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition process, according to a new poll, and just one-third think he will be at least partly effective at managing government. Nearly six in 10 federal workers expressed disapproval of Trump’s transition in a Government...

House GOP Warns Agencies Against Accelerated Hiring in Anticipation of Trump's Freeze

January 13, 2017 The lawmaker with chief oversight responsibility of federal agencies is warning them against binge hiring out of fear of a hiring freeze under the incoming Donald Trump administration. Leaders of 18 Cabinet-level agencies received a letter this week from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, saying a looming freeze did not entitle...

Cobert to Trump: Focus on ‘Holistic’ Civil Service Reforms, Not Hiring Freeze

January 12, 2017 President Obama’s federal personnel chief is optimistic the reforms the administration has put into place are so ingrained in the way agencies do business that they will carry on well into the future, though she expressed concern President-elect Trump’s proposed hiring freeze will undermine the smooth functioning of government. Acting...

Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Promises Efficiencies Among Civilian Workforce

January 12, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s likely Defense Department secretary pledged on Thursday to trim the size of the bureaucracy at the Pentagon, but said the cuts should be based on practical assessments rather than arbitrary figures. James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps General and former commander of U.S. Central Command, said he...

Trump Announces Plans to Surrender Control of His Business, But Declines Divestiture

January 11, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump formally announced on Wednesday his plan to hand over control of his real estate business to two of his sons, but his decision not to fully divest from the company left many critical of his resolution. At a press conference in New York, Trump said he would...

Trump’s DHS Pick Promises Better Morale Through ‘Bottom Up’ Approach

January 10, 2017 Lawmakers at a confirmation hearing Tuesday implored President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department to operate the organization more efficiently and to take seriously the poor morale of the workforce, and seemed overwhelmingly satisfied with the responses they were given. John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general,...

Trump Nominees Can Serve in SES Roles at Agencies as They Await Confirmation

January 10, 2017 The Obama administration has taken some heat from Republicans for implementing last-minute rules and regulations that could hamper President-elect Trump from implementing his agenda, but Obama is giving his successor at least one parting gift: the ability to place nominees into agency positions while they await confirmation. The Office of...

Oversight Chairman Promises Sweeping Changes to Feds’ Retirement, Job Security

January 9, 2017 The congressman who leads oversight of the federal workforce promised on Monday to bring sweeping reforms to federal employees’ retirement benefits, job security and even the location of their offices. Having a Republican in the White House will allow Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight and Government...

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