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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.
Results 201-210 of 2012

The Potential Pitfalls of Trump’s Plan for Agencies to Transform Themselves

April 17, 2017 President Trump has instructed federal agencies to revamp, streamline and ultimately downsize -- a task that could prove more difficult than Trump’s promise to simply “do more with less.” Agencies hold some authority to rearrange their priorities and structure, according to individuals with experience in reorganizing government, but several factors...

Some Agencies Are Extending the Hiring Freeze Trump Just Ended

April 14, 2017 The White House ended its governmentwide federal hiring freeze earlier this week, but some agencies said they would continue the freeze, at least for some period of time. The State Department announced Thursday that Secretary Rex Tillerson had extended the moratorium until it develops a plan to restructure itself. The...

Trump Administration Installs Loyalist to Repair Deficient VA Facility

April 13, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has for the second time in two days replaced the director of its medical facility in Washington, D.C., following a devastating report faulting the center for “serious and troubling deficiencies.” VA on Wednesday immediately relieved the medical center director, Brian Hawkins, of his duties, replacing him...

OMB Director: Shutdown Consequences Have Been ‘Blown Out of Proportion’

April 12, 2017 Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to reach an agreement on how to fund government and avoid a shutdown, though President Trump’s budget director is shrugging off such an outcome as inconsequential. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney advocated for a government shutdown as “good policy”...

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

April 12, 2017 The Trump administration announced its hiring freeze will end Wednesday, while delivering to agencies promised guidance on how they should reduce the size of their workforces in both the near and long term. Trump’s hiring freeze, which went into effect Jan. 23, lasted 79 days, with the Office of Management...

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

April 11, 2017 The Trump administration announced its hiring freeze will end Wednesday, while delivering to agencies promised guidance on how they should reduce the size of their workforces in both the near and long term. Trump’s hiring freeze, which went into effect Jan. 23, lasted 79 days, with the Office of Management...

White House Confirms It Will Propose 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for Feds Next Year

April 11, 2017 Civilian federal employees would receive an across-the-board 1.9 percent pay raise next year under President Trump’s forthcoming proposal, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney confirmed Tuesday. The increase would be slightly less than the 2.1 percent raise feds received in 2017, though it would eclipse the 1.6 percent...

Trump Cabinet Members Hear from Corporate Leaders on How to Reform Government

April 11, 2017 President Trump’s new office aimed at reforming the federal government held its first formal meeting on Tuesday, with the White House hearing ideas from private sector leaders on improving agencies' performance. Several members of his cabinet, including Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, and CEOs from more than...

GAO to Review Ethics, Funding of Trump Transition

April 11, 2017 The federal government’s internal auditor is commencing a review of President Trump’s transition into office, examining potential conflicts of interest, contacts with foreign government and funding sources. The Government Accountability Office is launching the review after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., requested it. GAO will determine...

Trump’s EPA Consolidation Begins

April 10, 2017 The Trump administration is beginning to follow through on its promise to shrink the footprint and mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, eliminating an office and looking to rein in its regulatory agenda. EPA is shuttering its climate adaptation headquarters office, saying its responsibilities can be carried out at the...