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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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Border Agency Promises Not to Sacrifice Quality for Speed in Hiring

March 15, 2017 The Trump administration will not lower its standards for quality to ramp up hiring of border security personnel, Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday, leaving open the possibility the agency would reassess the total number of employees it plans to bring on. Officials declined to state who initiated the...

EPA Employees Vow to 'Stand Up! Fight Back!' Against New Administration, Budget Cuts

March 15, 2017 Nestled between their agency’s headquarters and their president’s luxury hotel, Environmental Protection Agency employees gathered on Wednesday to protest the new administration and boo their new administrator. “Stand up! Fight back!” hundreds of EPA employees and other environmental advocates chanted as temperatures dipped well below freezing in downtown Washington, D.C....

Why Trump's Budget Cuts Are Even More Severe Than Advertised

March 14, 2017 This week, the Trump administration will roll out its plan to cut $54 billion from domestic federal agencies in fiscal 2018. The figure represents a reduction from spending levels under the current continuing resolution and within the framework of the most recent budget deal reached in 2015. When examining the...

Democrats Threaten Shutdown Over Trump, Republican Priorities

March 14, 2017 After years in a defensive crouch fending off government shutdown threats, Democrats are now indicating they may shutter agencies and send a large portion of the federal workforce home without pay. Funding for proposals imperative to President Trump’s agenda could lead to an appropriations standoff, Democratic leadership told Senate Majority...

Trump Orders Agencies to Eliminate Waste, Workforce Redundancies

March 13, 2017 This story has been updated with comments from President Trump and details from the executive order. President Trump on Monday issued a new executive order tasking federal agencies with cutting waste through agency reevaluation and reorganization. The order will require a “thorough examination” of every executive branch agency to identify...

Senators Push Reforms to Help Trump Achieve Promised Federal Hiring Surge

March 10, 2017 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has quickly earned a reputation as one of President Trump’s harshest Republican critics, but he is still looking to help the new administration accomplish one of its signature policy goals. McCain, along with Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Senate Homeland...

Pension Reforms, Punishments for Porn Watchers Advance

March 10, 2017 A House committee approved several bills aimed at reforming the federal workforce, including a pension reform for union officials who receive government paychecks. Two of the measures would bring changes to the practice of official time, with one earning fierce opposition from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform...

House Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

March 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump is deleting tweets, and the primary House lawmakers with oversight of the executive branch are not happy about it. Trump and his White House staffers may be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and...

GOP’s Obamacare Replacement May Reduce Bureaucracy, but Not Bureaucrats

March 9, 2017 Republicans have spoken for years of the need to remove government from individual health care decisions. And in touting their new American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the “most important thing it does” is “it takes the power out of the bureaucracy and puts it back...

House Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

March 9, 2017 President Trump is deleting tweets, and the primary House lawmakers with oversight of the executive branch are not happy about it. Trump and his White House staffers may be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and...