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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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Trump Administration Will Ask Career Feds How to Do Things Better -- or Not at All

April 25, 2017 Career federal employees will play an outsized role in crafting the Trump administration’s effort to reshape government, one of the architects of the plan said, and those who survive the ultimate workforce reduction will come out on the other side with a renewed sense of purpose. The administration is taking...

Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating Office to Identify VA Employees to Fire

April 24, 2017 President Trump this week will sign an executive order to create a new office in the Veterans Affairs Department to increase employee accountability and protect whistleblowers, according to a White House official. The order will establish the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within VA, which has for years taken...

Trump Won’t Rule Out Veto of a Shutdown-Averting Bill

April 24, 2017 President Trump declined to rule out vetoing a spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown if the measure does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawmakers and the White House have through Friday to reach a deal to keep federal agencies open, but so...

Trump Administration Begins Shutdown Preparations

April 21, 2017 The Trump administration has begun preparing for a government shutdown that could begin next week, even as congressional negotiators work to finalize a preliminary agreement to keep agencies open. The formal process in which the Office of Management and Budget instructs agencies to “review and update orderly shutdown plans” is...

TSA Will Also Partially Continue Its Hiring Freeze

April 20, 2017 Add another agency to the list of those limping out of the federal hiring freeze, despite President Trump ending the moratorium last week: the Transportation Security Administration is continuing the freeze for some positions. All non-front line positions will be frozen, TSA’s acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot said in a...

ICE’s ‘Management Deficiencies’ Are Preventing It From Deporting More Immigrants

April 20, 2017 President Trump has ordered a massive hiring surge to carry out a hallmark policy of deporting more undocumented immigrants, but a new report has found the agency he wants to staff up is failing to properly manage the employees it already has on board to carry out that task. “Management...

EPA To Offer Employees Buyouts, Early Retirement This Year

April 19, 2017 This story has been updated. The Environmental Protection Agency will begin offering employees financial incentives to leave the agency this year, according to an internal memorandum obtained by Government Executive. As part of its efforts to meet the requirements of recently issued guidance from the Office of Management and Budget...

The House's Top Federal Agency Overseer Will Not Seek Reelection

April 19, 2017 The House lawmaker with primary oversight of the federal workforce announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2018. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he will rejoin the private sector, ending what will be a four-year tenure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz has...

Trump Cabinet Secretary Tells Lawmakers to ‘Shut Up’ and Support Front-Line Feds

April 18, 2017 A key member of President Trump’s Cabinet came to the defense of front-line federal employees Tuesday, telling members of Congress and the public to stop unfairly denigrating his workers for simply doing their jobs. Homeland Security Department employees have been “political pawns” in recent years, Secretary John Kelly said in...

Key Lawmakers From Both Parties Urge Trump to Fill Vacant IG Positions

April 18, 2017 President Trump should act immediately to fill vacant inspector general positions, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is urging. More than a dozen senators and House members signed their names to a pair of letters to the president, including the leadership of both chambers' executive branch oversight committees. The unfilled...