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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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House Passes Bills to Further Review Regulations, Reduce Agency Advocacy

March 2, 2017 President Trump has issued two executive orders and one memorandum aimed at inhibiting federal agencies from issuing new regulations and enforcing those already on the books, but those efforts have not done enough to satisfy congressional Republicans. The House this week passed three bills aimed at reducing federal agencies’ regulatory...

VA Hearing Spurs Divide Over Hiring Freeze, Bonus Abuse

March 1, 2017 A congressional hearing Wednesday slated to explore the “path to reform” at the Veterans Affairs Department broke down along partisan lines, with Democrats taking the opportunity to decry President Trump’s federal hiring freeze and Republicans criticizing the abuse of incentive payments and a lack of health care choice. While Rep....

Trump Details in Congressional Address How He’ll Shrink Government - and Grow It

February 28, 2017 President Trump on Tuesday evening delivered a call to shrink government in some areas while growing its mission in others, touting the ways he has already “drained the swamp of government” as well as the new responsibilities he has bestowed upon federal agencies. In his first address to a joint...

House Republicans' New VA Accountability Bill to Include More Appeal Rights

February 28, 2017 The House will take another crack at expediting the disciplinary process for employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, congressional aides told Government Executive Tuesday, with a new bill looking to preserve more due process rights than previous attempts at reform. The new legislation will take a more tempered approach than...

Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Lead to Federal Employee Layoffs, Furloughs

February 28, 2017 In March 2013, the Obama administration ordered a sequestration of $80.5 billion from federal agencies’ budgets. The cuts, as required in the 2011 Budget Control Act, caused immediate chaos across government, forcing agency leaders to implement emergency plans that in some cases sent employees home for several days without pay....

Trump to Congress: Give Pentagon $54B. I'll Tell You Why Later

February 27, 2017 The Trump administration will require $54 billion in cuts at non-national security federal agencies in its preliminary fiscal 2018 budget proposal, an Office of Management and Budget official said Monday. Nearly every domestic agency will shoulder a share of the reductions. The spending decreases will offset an equal increase in...

Trump’s Budget Will Require 10 Percent Spending Cuts at Non-Defense Agencies

February 27, 2017 This story has been updated with additional details from OMB and the White House. The Trump administration will require $54 billion in cuts at non-national security federal agencies in its preliminary fiscal 2018 budget proposal, an Office of Management and Budget official said Monday. Nearly every domestic agency will shoulder...

New Trump Order Will Create Agency Task Forces to Eliminate Regulations

February 24, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification. The order was the second Trump issued to cut federal regulation in the opening weeks of his presidency, following a requirement that agencies cut or modify...

Hiring Freeze Forces Military Spouses to Make Tough Choices

February 24, 2017 Bethyn Sundbeck was driving in Utah near Hill Air Force Base with her nine-month old son when she got into a car accident. Her husband was thousands of miles away, en route to his new installation in Alabama. Sundbeck spent hours in the emergency room. The injuries were minor, but...

VA Secretary Says Department Is Working Closely With Congress on Firing Bill

February 23, 2017 Congress and the Trump administration are working closely on a bill to make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, according to the agency’s new leader. VA is working with both the House and Senate in drafting an accountability bill, department Secretary David Shulkin told Fox and...