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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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Poll: Feds Feel Disrespected by Trump, Give Him Low Approval Marks

May 1, 2017 Federal employees are not satisfied with their top boss, a new survey found, with just 37 percent expressing approval for President Trump. Nearly six in 10 federal employees said they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, according to a new poll from Government Executive Media Group’s research...

Congress Approves Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

April 28, 2017 Both the House and Senate on Friday easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill, clearing the way to avoid a government shutdown. The Senate approved the measure shortly after the House as the midnight deadline approached. The continuing resolution will now head to President Trump, who is expected to sign...

Lawmakers Introduce One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

April 27, 2017 Congress is looking to delay by one week a potential government shutdown, saying it needs more time to iron out the details of a longer-term spending deal. Absent congressional action, agencies would run out of funding and be forced to shutter their operations starting Saturday. Republicans in Congress have proposed...

DHS Launches Trump’s Immigration Victims Office

April 26, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has officially launched a new office to help victims of crimes committed by non-citizen immigrants receive assistance and information on the status of the alleged perpetrators, though it will receive little in the way of new resources. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office follows...

Trump Administration Will Ask Career Feds How to Do Things Better -- or Not at All

April 25, 2017 Career federal employees will play an outsized role in crafting the Trump administration’s effort to reshape government, one of the architects of the plan said, and those who survive the ultimate workforce reduction will come out on the other side with a renewed sense of purpose. The administration is taking...

Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating Office to Identify VA Employees to Fire

April 24, 2017 President Trump this week will sign an executive order to create a new office in the Veterans Affairs Department to increase employee accountability and protect whistleblowers, according to a White House official. The order will establish the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within VA, which has for years taken...

Trump Won’t Rule Out Veto of a Shutdown-Averting Bill

April 24, 2017 President Trump declined to rule out vetoing a spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown if the measure does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawmakers and the White House have through Friday to reach a deal to keep federal agencies open, but so...

Trump Administration Begins Shutdown Preparations

April 21, 2017 The Trump administration has begun preparing for a government shutdown that could begin next week, even as congressional negotiators work to finalize a preliminary agreement to keep agencies open. The formal process in which the Office of Management and Budget instructs agencies to “review and update orderly shutdown plans” is...

TSA Will Also Partially Continue Its Hiring Freeze

April 20, 2017 Add another agency to the list of those limping out of the federal hiring freeze, despite President Trump ending the moratorium last week: the Transportation Security Administration is continuing the freeze for some positions. All non-front line positions will be frozen, TSA’s acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot said in a...

ICE’s ‘Management Deficiencies’ Are Preventing It From Deporting More Immigrants

April 20, 2017 President Trump has ordered a massive hiring surge to carry out a hallmark policy of deporting more undocumented immigrants, but a new report has found the agency he wants to staff up is failing to properly manage the employees it already has on board to carry out that task. “Management...