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’s Budget Will Require 10 Percent Spending Cuts at Non-Defense Agencies

February 27, 2017 This story has been updated with additional details from OMB and the White House. The Trump administration will require $54 billion in cuts at non-national security federal agencies in its preliminary fiscal 2018 budget proposal, an Office of Management and Budget official said Monday. Nearly every domestic agency will shoulder...

New Trump Order Will Create Agency Task Forces to Eliminate Regulations

February 24, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification. The order was the second Trump issued to cut federal regulation in the opening weeks of his presidency, following a requirement that agencies cut or modify...

Hiring Freeze Forces Military Spouses to Make Tough Choices

February 24, 2017 Bethyn Sundbeck was driving in Utah near Hill Air Force Base with her nine-month old son when she got into a car accident. Her husband was thousands of miles away, en route to his new installation in Alabama. Sundbeck spent hours in the emergency room. The injuries were minor, but...

VA Secretary Says Department Is Working Closely With Congress on Firing Bill

February 23, 2017 Congress and the Trump administration are working closely on a bill to make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, according to the agency’s new leader. VA is working with both the House and Senate in drafting an accountability bill, department Secretary David Shulkin told Fox and...

OPM Proposal to Boost Max Pay for Top-Ranked Feds Draws Praise

February 22, 2017 Senior professionals at federal agencies would be eligible for higher pay if their appraisal system passes muster with the Office of Personnel Management, under a recently issued proposed rule. The rule would implement a law from 2008 and drew praise from the Senior Executives Association, which represents Senior Executive Service...

Trump to Issue First Budget in Mid-March, Promising ‘A Lot More With Less’

February 22, 2017 The Trump administration will deliver its first budget to Congress in mid-March, and the president confirmed Wednesday it will contain major cuts for federal agencies. Trump “inherited a mess” from the Obama administration, the president told reporters at the top of a meeting with newly sworn-in Office of Management and...

How Trump Will 'Take the Shackles Off' DHS Employees With New Immigration Policies

February 21, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has issued new guidance to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security, giving several components more authority to enforce laws and hire new personnel. The memorandums by DHS Secretary John Kelly will “take the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol...

When Federal Agencies Can Decline to Ban the Box

February 17, 2017 Federal agencies can still ask job applicants for their criminal histories early in the process in certain circumstances, such as when onboarding will be unusually expensive, according to new guidance. The Obama administration in December finalized a rule to “ban the box” in federal hiring, preventing agencies from asking about...

Government Must Pay Damages to 25,000 Feds Who Worked During 2013 Shutdown

February 17, 2017 The government must compensate 25,000 federal employees for damages they incurred during the 2013 shutdown, a federal judge ruled this week in a case filed more than two years ago. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith ordered the compensation for the individuals who signed onto the collective action...

Republicans Defend Official Time but Say No One Should Use It Full Time

February 16, 2017 Lawmakers expressed at a hearing Thursday bipartisan acceptance for the utility of federal union members conducting representational activity on the taxpayers’ dime, but Republicans drew the line at those who do no government work whatsoever. Subcommittee leaders on the House Oversight and Veterans' Affairs panels promised reforms to the practice...

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