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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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White House Floats Federal Employee Pay Reform, Privatization in Name of Innovation

February 10, 2017 The White House this week promised to “innovate and update government,” and has already started rolling out reform ideas in the areas of federal pay and moving current government functions to the private sector. The changes are part of an effort to bring a newfound focus on spending taxpayer dollars...

DHS Won’t Confirm Trump’s Assertion That U.S.-Mexico Wall Design Is Underway

February 9, 2017 President Trump said Wednesday his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is “being designed right now.” Those plans appear to be very closely held—so closely held the agency responsible for border security is possibly unaware of them. When asked by Government Executive whether the design work has been bid out...

Senate Overseer Promises Reforms to Federal Pay, Performance Management and Discipline

February 9, 2017 Senators on both sides of the aisle praised federal employees during a hearing Thursday, agreeing President Trump’s hiring freeze is an inefficient way to govern and promising to find bipartisan solutions to improve the civil service. The Senate will push for changes to hiring, training, compensation, performance management, and discipline...

USPS Sees Profits Tumble During Holiday Season

February 9, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service announced a significant dip in revenue and controllable income in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, leading to a net loss of $200 million after excluding a positive adjustment in interest rates. After posting its first quarter in the black in five years during the same...

Advocacy Groups Sue Trump Over One In, Two Out Regulatory Policy

February 8, 2017 Several advocacy groups have sued the Trump administration over the president’s executive order to restrict federal agencies’ ability to issue regulations, arguing in a court filing Wednesday Trump has violated his constitutional responsibilities. Trump’s one in, two out order violated separation of powers requirements and the “take care” clause of...

There May Finally Be a Breakthrough in the Long Fight for Postal Reform

February 7, 2017 The four major unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees have all thrown their support behind a renewed effort to overhaul the agency, providing what supporters are calling a “watershed event” in the drawn-out battle for reform. Lawmakers expressed broad bipartisan support for the 2017 Postal Reform Act at a House...

Chaffetz Discusses Civil Service and Benefits Reforms With Trump at White House

February 7, 2017 This story has been updated with additional details from Chaffetz's meeting. Congress’ government oversight leader and the chief crusader for civil service reforms met with President Trump Tuesday with plans to bring up his ideas for change. Trump himself called the meeting, Chaffetz told reporters Tuesday morning, adding he was...

How Trump's New Policy to Cut Regulatory Costs Will Actually Work

February 6, 2017 The Trump administration has issued a set of strict rules governing how federal agencies can offset costs as part of the president’s new regulatory reform policy, though it allowed some broad carve-outs and exempted an entire swath of offices. In new guidance, the Office of Management and Budget instructed agencies...

VA Has No Way of Knowing How Much It Spends on Employees’ Union Activity

February 3, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has no standardized way to measure how much time employees spend conducting union representation activities, according to a new report, preventing it from determining how much it spends on those workers. VA reported its employees spent more than 1 million hours on official time in fiscal...

Trump Administration Reportedly Considering Federal Union Busting, Civil Service Reforms

February 3, 2017 The Trump administration is committed to reforming civil service laws, according to a champion of public sector workforce changes at the state level who said he is advising the White House on the issue. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., said this week he met with Vice President Pence and former House...