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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White House to EPA Employees: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

January 30, 2017 A senior White House adviser reached out to employees at the Environmental Protection Agency to assuage some of their fears that have arisen from new directives, warning that not all reports are accurate. Don Benton thanked the “many career professionals” at EPA in an email sent to employees obtained by...

Trump Signs One In, Two Out Order to Slash Federal Regulations

January 30, 2017 Federal agencies will soon have to significantly cut back their regulatory footprints, with President Trump on Monday signing an executive order that would require the government to shrink the costs of its regulations. The executive order follows through on a campaign promise; starting immediately, federal agencies must cut two regulations...

Trump Wants DHS to Hire 15,000 for Border Security? Not So Fast

January 28, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will soon attempt a major hiring surge after receiving a directive from President Trump to onboard 15,000 new employees. Two executive orders issued this week tasked two different DHS components with bringing on the new workers; Customs and Border Protection will look to hire 5,000 employees,...

‘I Can’t Get Out Fast Enough’: Meet the Feds Who Say They’re Leaving Under Trump

January 27, 2017 “Most people are pretty somber,” says Antoinette Henry, a long-time employee at the Housing and Urban Development Department. “They’re either quiet or manic.” Henry has worked as a career civil servant for 33 years. She had planned to stay at the department and apply for a promotion, as her boss...

Trump's Orders Calling for 15,000 New Federal Employees Could Face Setbacks

January 26, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will soon attempt a major hiring surge after receiving a directive from President Trump to onboard 15,000 new employees. Two executive orders issued this week tasked two different DHS components with bringing on the new workers; Customs and Border Protection will look to hire 5,000 employees,...

White House Throws Weight Behind Cutting Feds’ Retirement, Health Benefits

January 26, 2017 President Donald Trump this week threw his support behind dramatic changes to federal employees’ retirement and health benefits, calling the current system “unsustainable.” Feds’ benefits are overly generous and antiquated, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement when announcing the governmentwide hiring freeze. The administration’s criticism of...

Job Performance, Not Tenure, Now Top Consideration for Defense Layoffs

January 26, 2017 The Defense Department will lay off civilians primarily on the basis of their performance, according to a new policy, breaking with the rest of federal government that considers tenure foremost. The policy was implemented at the behest of Congress, which required the change in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization...

Unanswered Hiring Freeze Questions Leave Agencies Taking Different Approaches

January 25, 2017 President Trump’s hiring freeze has left employees and agencies alike in a holding pattern, with few details coming from the White House on how it will be implemented. The moratorium provides potentially broad-reaching exemptions that have yet to be defined, and leaves candidates in the midst of the job application...

Drastically Changing Agency Missions Is Harder Than Trump Might Think

January 25, 2017 In 1981, Milt Goldberg was a relatively new career federal employee, helping the Education Department out of its infancy and into a fully functioning agency. Those efforts were threatened, however, as newly sworn-in President Ronald Reagan had made clear throughout his campaign he planned to eliminate the department – created...

White House Pleads Ignorance on Agency Gag Orders

January 24, 2017 The White House said it was unaware of various “gag orders” that have reportedly been instituted at agencies across government, though a spokesman added it is standard procedure for new administrations to review policies. The issue first came to light when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a memorandum to its...

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