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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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...

Senate Avoids Shutdown With Last-Minute Approval of Spending Bill

December 9, 2016 In a highly contentious, 11th hour vote, the Senate late Friday voted 63-36 to stave off a government shutdown that would have closed federal agencies at midnight. President Obama is expected to immediately sign the continuing resolution to avoid the appropriations lapse and keep the federal government open through April...

White House, Agencies Begin Preparing for Shutdown

December 9, 2016 This story has been updated with additional shutdown guidance from the White House. Federal agencies have once again begun preparing for a government shutdown, as the clock ticks down toward an appropriations lapse and little sign of a funding deal in place to prevent it. The White House said it...

Shutdown Looms as Senate Democrats Refuse to Back Down Over Miners' Benefits

December 8, 2016 Senate Democrats are threatening a short-lived government shutdown this weekend, indicating Thursday night they would not go along with a stopgap measure that would keep agencies open past Friday. The House on Thursday easily approved the continuing resolution to fund government through April 28, but several senators, led by Sen....

Transition Officials: The Hiring Freeze Is Just One Way Trump Will Cut Government

December 8, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump is still not offering any details on his proposed federal hiring freeze, though his transition team promised more information in the coming weeks. Transition officials said on Thursday the freeze would number among several policies aimed a cutting the size of government that Trump will announce before...

House Approves Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

December 8, 2016 The House on Thursday approved a measure 326-96 to keep federal agencies funded through April 28, approving the second stopgap measure since October that will now keep spending levels on cruise control for the first seven months of fiscal 2017. The continuing resolution will now head to the Senate for...

Here’s How One Federal Employee Union Will Fight Back Against Trump

December 7, 2016 If the message of J. David Cox, the president of the largest federal employee union, could be summed up as succinctly as possible, it would be: Don’t panic. The American Federation of Government Employees leader is taking a measured approach in preparing for the Trump administration, declining to sound the...

Lawmakers Race Against the Clock to Avoid Shutdown

December 6, 2016 This story was updated when the text of the CR was released. Congressional negotiators are pressing to wrap up a stopgap funding measure to keep federal agencies open beyond Friday evening, when current appropriations are set to expire, introducing legislation on Tuesday evening to keep status quo spending in place...

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