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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Republican Lawmakers Applaud Trump’s Call to Fire More Feds, Pledge to Pass Reforms

January 31, 2018 Republican lawmakers with a history of proposing or passing civil service reforms applauded President Trump for his call to ease the firing of federal employees across government, saying they would fight to ensure the changes occur legislatively. In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, Trump...

State Department IG Looking Into Alleged Political Targeting of Career Workers

January 30, 2018 The State Department’s watchdog is “looking into” allegations that the agency is engaged in political targeting and other prohibited personnel practices, the office said Tuesday after whistleblowers sounded the alarm about unfair treatment. The inspector general’s office said it was probing the matter after two Democratic committee leaders sent a...

SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Federal Agency HQs Outside D.C.

January 30, 2018 President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to...

SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Agency HQs Outside DC

January 29, 2018 President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to...

Senator Asks White House to Explain the Logic Behind Its Proposed Federal Pay Freeze

January 26, 2018 The Senate’s top Democrat with oversight of the federal workforce pressed the White House to explain its proposed pay freeze for civil servants in 2019, as part of a series of questions asking how the Trump administration rationalized some stark differences with initial agency requests in its forthcoming budget. In...

Critics Decry 'Propaganda' Posters in EPA Offices

January 26, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency wants its employees to know it is proud of all they accomplished in 2017, even if that amounted to undoing the work they did in 2016. In an array of posters displayed at EPA offices across the country, the agency is applauding “a year of great...

Leaked Memo: Trump Admin to Boost Use of Private Prisons While Slashing Federal Staff

January 25, 2018 The Trump administration is following through on its promise to use more private contract prisons, with the Justice Department seeking to identify inmates to transfer out of government-owned facilities and to cut federal guard positions. The Bureau of Prisons has the stated goal of “increasing population levels in private contract...

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Reshape How Agencies Hire Some Employees

January 24, 2018 Several federal agencies could see their hiring mechanisms for certain civil service judge positions upended in a case the Supreme Court recently decided to hear. The case, Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, involves only administrative law judges at SEC, but attorneys representing the petitioners and legal experts said the...

Trump to Issue 2019 Budget and Workforce Cutting Plans on Feb. 12

January 24, 2018 President Trump will unveil his fiscal 2019 budget request on Feb. 12, one week after the White House is technically required to send the blueprint to Congress and just days after current appropriations are set to expire. The cause for the delay, according to the Office of Management and Budget,...

Yet Another Stopgap Funding Bill Likely in February, Lawmakers Say

January 23, 2018 In voting against a bill last week that would have avoided a government shutdown, many congressional Democrats said the need to provide federal agencies full-year appropriations motivated their decision. Stopgap bill after stopgap bill left key priorities unfunded, lawmakers said, and only a budget deal that raised spending caps and...