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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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Agency Leaders Backtrack From Some of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

June 16, 2017 During questioning by members of Congress this week on the Agriculture Department's budget proposals to cut research funding, Secretary Sonny Perdue conceded it was “one of those areas where we may have missed the mark.” Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., asked Perdue if he would support conservation, rural development and research...

OMB Looks to Cut Agencies’ Workloads by Trimming Reporting Burden

June 15, 2017 The Trump administration is revoking dozens of requirements for federal agencies and pausing any further updates to Obama administration priorities, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. OMB called the push, which it said will eliminate tens of thousands of work hours across government, phase one of its own...

Agencies Promise Efficiencies, but Not Workforce Cuts in Reorganization Plans

June 15, 2017 Federal agencies working to restructure themselves are focusing primarily on serving their customers better rather than ways to cut the workforce, leaders told a Senate panel Thursday, which promised thorough oversight of the Trump administration’s reorganization efforts. Agency leaders said they were taking seriously suggestions from their rank-and-file employees on...

Contracting Dispute Delays OPM's Background Investigations Processing

June 14, 2017 The federal government’s ongoing efforts to hasten the processing of security clearances hit a speed bump this week, as an auditor ruled the Office of Personnel Management unfairly awarded a contract to a company seeking to provide support services in background investigations processing. The Government Accountability Office decision comes shortly...

Major Civil Service Reform Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk

June 13, 2017 The House on Tuesday passed 368-55 a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, sending reforms mostly Republican lawmakers have clamored for since scandal embroiled the agency three years ago to President Trump’s desk. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming...

Trump Administration to Undocumented Immigrants: 'You Should Be Worried'

June 13, 2017 Homeland Security Department officials defended President Trump’s immigration enforcement and border security priorities at a hearing Tuesday, supporting controversial proposals such as dramatic hiring surges and a border wall over objections and threats from Democratic lawmakers. Administration officials at a hearing held by the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee could...

House Republicans Push for Expedited, Consolidated 2018 Spending Bill

June 12, 2017 Congress should move forward swiftly with an omnibus bill to fund all federal agencies for fiscal 2018, according to a group representing more than 150 Republican lawmakers, which is pushing the approach in lieu of the more deliberate regular process. A consolidated, full-year appropriations bill would avoid the political gamesmanship...

Trump Announces New Federal Office to Cut Government Waste

June 9, 2017 President Trump pledged on Friday to transform the government and hold bureaucrats accountable, announcing a new office with the goal of slashing red tape. The office will be housed in the White House's Council on Environmental Quality to help federal, state and local entities more quickly launch building and infrastructure...

It Takes the Government More Than Two Years to Hire an Immigration Judge

June 8, 2017 President Trump’s efforts to quickly deport more immigrants in the country illegally could hit a major hurdle if his administration is not able to bring on judges more quickly and move cases through the system more efficiently, with the current system producing a growing backlog. It currently takes more than...

Trump’s VA Lays Out Plan to Boost Private Sector Care for Veterans

June 7, 2017 The Trump administration laid out its plans to further integrate private sector health care into the services the Veterans Affairs Department provides for its patients, though the VA’s leader said he had no interest in full-scale privatization. VA Secretary David Shulkin at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing called the...