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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 Names Transition Leaders for Government Management Agencies

November 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named the leadership teams who will oversee his transition efforts at governmentwide management agencies. They include congressional aides and former top officials with both Bush administrations. Trump’s announcement comes as he deploys “landing teams” to domestic agencies to coordinate the president-elect’s efforts with the work...

Obama Freezes SES Hiring and Gives Appointees a Resignation Deadline

November 21, 2016 The Obama administration has issued a freeze on hiring new top career officials through the remainder of his presidency, effective Dec. 7, saying the pause will better empower President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees to influence their agencies upon taking office. The Office of Personnel Management will impose a governmentwide moratorium on...

How Trump Could Carry Out Mass Deportations

November 18, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump could find it quite easy to reverse Obama administration policies that have shielded certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. From there, however, things would likely get difficult pretty fast if he wants to make good on his promise to immediately deport several million illegal immigrants who are "criminals."...

Trump Sets Timetable for Agency Meetings, but Transition Efforts Have Already Fallen Behind Schedule

November 17, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has yet to send personnel to embed with agencies to gather information and share priorities, setting that effort behind the anticipated schedule created by good government groups working in conjunction with the Obama administration. Trump aides said the first batch of the so-called transition “landing...

Obama, Issuing Veto Threat, Tells Agencies to Continue Issuing 'Midnight' Regulations

November 16, 2016 The Obama administration will not constrain agencies from issuing new regulations during the president’s final months in office, despite outcry from Republicans to prevent any “midnight” rules. The House this week passed the 2016 Midnight Rules Relief Act to ease the process for Congress to overturn regulations submitted at the...

Despite $5.6B Loss in 2016, Postal Service Financial Outlook Improves

November 15, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service reported a $5.6 billion loss in fiscal 2016, despite claiming a controllable income of $610 million, with the net loss increasing by $500 million over the previous fiscal year. The agency cited $5.8 billion in congressionally required payments to prefund future retirees’ health care as responsible...

Congress Looks to Ensure Secret Service Agents Receive Earned Overtime Pay

November 15, 2016 Lawmakers on Tuesday debated how the Secret Service found itself in a position to no longer pay overtime to its agents during its busy election season, but members from both parties agreed the officers should be retroactively compensated. A provision of statute guiding Secret Service operations caps its agents’ annual...

Path for Agency Funding Unclear as Congress Begins Lame-Duck Session

November 14, 2016 Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to finish out their lame-duck session with votes on health care bills and a full slate of hearings scheduled. The top priority on the to-do list, however, remains keeping the government open past Dec. 9 when the current stopgap funding measure is set...

Union Argues Court Should Not Grant OPM’s Motion to Dismiss Hack Lawsuit

November 11, 2016 A federal employee union is fighting the federal government’s attempt to dismiss the group’s lawsuit seeking further remedies after a hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal information of millions of current and former civil servants. The National Treasury Employees Union announced its suit...

There is a Precedent for Trump's Governmentwide Hiring Freeze

November 10, 2016 Donald Trump’s pledge to freeze federal hiring on his first day in office is both possible and with precedent, and likely to have far-reaching effects on federal agencies if implemented. President Ronald Reagan, as his first act after being sworn in as head of the executive branch -- and as...

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