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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 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...

Federal Employee Groups Disappointed but Not Dejected by Trump’s Election

November 9, 2016 Federal employees and their unions expressed disappointment with the results of the presidential election, but vowed to work with the incoming administration to protect their interests and enact positive change in government. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate “stupid people” from government and reduce the size of the federal...

Trump Upset Promises Massive Change in Government

November 9, 2016 Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, sending the Republican businessman to the White House as the first president-elect with no prior experience in government or the military. Trump’s unexpected victory sent shockwaves throughout the country and the world, and will likely do the same for federal agencies. Trump has...

Federal Employees Around the Country Mobilize in Support of Preferred Candidates

November 7, 2016 When Hillary Clinton spent one of her final days on the campaign trail stopping by a phone bank to encourage and thank her supporters for their volunteer work, it was no surprise she found some federal employees there on her behalf. Federal unions have mobilized their members across the country...

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