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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With Sequestration Looming, GAO Suggests How Agencies Can Do More With Less

December 21, 2016 Federal auditors are offering some pointers on how agencies can better handle severe budget cuts, examining where some offices succeeded and failed during the forced reductions during sequestration. The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Environmental Protection Agency all...

Pay Agent Accepts New Localities, Rejects Giving Others Bigger Adjustments

December 20, 2016 The President’s Pay Agent, the final arbiter to make recommendations to the president on federal employee compensation, approved two new localities for 2018 but rejected a proposal that would have boosted salaries for workers living on the outskirts of existing pay areas. As recommended by the Federal Salary Council, the...

Secret Service Will Maintain ‘Main Duties’ for Protecting Trump, Team Says

December 19, 2016 Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday denied reports the president-elect will rely heavily on private security rather than the federally provided Secret Service, though it declined to say the agency will tackle that duty alone. Following a Politico report that Trump would continue to use his own security personnel throughout...

Senators Seek Probe of Potential Civil Service Violations by Trump’s Transition Team

December 19, 2016 Several Democratic senators are asking for an independent investigation into President-elect Trump’s transition team, alleging it may have violated civil service laws with its probe into the activities of Energy Department employees. Led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., nine Democrats asked the Office of Special Counsel to launch the investigation...

Federal Employee Unions See Uptick in Membership Since Trump’s Election

December 16, 2016 The largest federal employee unions have seen an uptick in membership since the election, as President-elect Donald Trump has vowed major shakeups to the civil service. The American Federation of Government Employees netted nearly 1,300 new, dues-paying members in November, a more than 50 percent increase in its monthly average...

How Trump’s Regulatory Agenda Could Transform Federal Agencies

December 16, 2016 Federal agencies could face a significant change in the scopes of their missions under reformed regulatory procedures proposed by President-elect Donald Trump, though he will first have to overcome the operational challenges involved in implementing his proposal. Trump has said he will require agencies to eliminate two regulations for every...

Trump’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Business Plan ‘Reeks,’ Former Presidential Lawyers Say

December 14, 2016 Congressional Democrats continued their push to shine a spotlight on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, holding a forum on Wednesday to allow legal experts to explain their gripes with Trump’s business ownership. Former legal advisors to both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush took issue with the plans...

Government Ethics Office Now Says Trump’s Business Plans Fall Short

December 13, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump will not eliminate conflicts of interest concerns by transferring power of his company to his children, according to the federal agency with oversight of executive branch ethics. The Office of Government Ethics said in a letter to Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee...

Obama Administration Urges Trump to Continue Progress on Crowdsourcing

December 13, 2016 The Obama administration is imploring President-elect Trump to build upon its legacy with incorporating more crowdsourcing into federal agency operations, saying the practice helps the government “better understand our society and the world we inhabit.” The General Services Administration made its pitch through a blog post by Kelly Olson, the...

Some Agencies Planned To Work Through a Shutdown; Others Took a Different Approach

December 12, 2016 A little after 5 p.m. on Friday evening, the State Department emailed its entire workforce to update them of their shutdown contingency plan, including who would be sent home without pay if the Congress failed to pass a spending measure by midnight. Just hours before, White House Deputy Press Secretary...

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