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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 Campaign Says Donald Would Loosen Civil Service Laws to Root Out Feds Loyal to Obama

July 20, 2016 A key Donald Trump ally unveiled this week how the Republican nominee would reform the civil service as president, and it could dramatically change the protections federal employees currently enjoy. Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., who is heading up Trump’s transition effort, told a group of donors at a private meeting...

Poll: Federal Employees Prefer Trump to Clinton for Handling Terrorism

July 20, 2016 Federal employees believe Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be more effective than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in preventing a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, according to a new poll. Feds gave the Republican nominee a slight edge over Clinton, with 44 percent of respondents saying Trump would be...

GOP Platform: Cut Feds’ Pay and Benefits While Making It Easier to Fire Them

July 19, 2016 The Republican Party’s 2016 platform calls for a slew of reforms targeting the federal workforce, including cuts to pay and benefits. The document, which the party finalized at the opening day of the Republican National Convention Monday, called federal employees overpaid and over-protected. The party said federal workers’ compensation was...

A Majority of Federal Employees Think the Justice Department Gave Clinton Special Treatment in Email Probe

July 19, 2016 Despite holding a lead over her Republican opponent among the federal workforce, more than half of federal employees think Hillary Clinton received “special treatment” from the Justice Department during the investigation into her email practices. FBI Director James Comey recently announced that while Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling...

Poll: 45 Percent of Federal Employees Say Donald Trump Is a Bigot

July 19, 2016 Nearly half of federal employees think Donald Trump is a bigot, according to a new poll. Forty-five percent said the Republican presidential nominee definitely is a bigot, while 11 percent said he might be one. Just 36 percent said he is not one. The poll was released Monday by Government...

Poll: Clinton Holds a Small Lead Over Trump Among Federal Employees

July 18, 2016 In the first post-primary survey of federal employees of the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton opens with a narrow lead over her general election opponent Republican Donald Trump. The former State Department secretary leads the businessman by 5 percentage points, with 42 percent of federal respondents saying they would...

Conservative Lawmakers Push for Expedited Firings Across Government

July 15, 2016 A group of conservative lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to expedite the disciplinary process throughout the federal government, saying the measure would boost accountability. The bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and cosponsored by Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Steve King, R-Iowa; and Randy Weber, R-Texas, would limit the time...

Federal Agencies May Soon Start Researching Medical Marijuana

July 15, 2016 A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to finally enable federal agencies to research potential medical benefits of marijuana, introducing a bill to take the substance off the strictest Schedule I classification for studies. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act to require...

Trump’s VP Pick Supports Shrinking the Federal Workforce, Performance-Based Pay Raises

July 14, 2016 This story was updated on July 15 to reflect that Trump confirmed he will pick Pence as his running mate. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday morning tweeted that he has selected as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who served 12 years in Congress before...

Agencies Are Entering a 'High-Risk Period' for Nepotism, Report Says

July 13, 2016 Every agency, as well as the current and future presidents, should take steps to ensure they are reducing the potential for nepotism in their ranks, especially during the upcoming transition to a new administration -- a particularly "high risk" period for those in positions of authority to show favoritism toward...

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