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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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Lawmaker Looks to Expedite Federal Firings, Demotions and Pay Cuts

March 22, 2017 A conservative lawmaker introduced legislation this week to expedite the disciplinary process throughout the federal government, allowing agency heads to more quickly fire, demote or cut the pay of their employees. The 2017 Federal Employees Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., would limit the time federal employees have...

Supreme Court Limits Who Can Be Appointed as an Acting Agency Leader

March 21, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. Senior leaders at federal agencies cannot serve in acting capacities at positions to which they have been nominated by the president to serve permanently, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The decision is seen as a victory for those who want...

Federal Managers Still Think Teleworkers Perform Worse, Report Finds

March 21, 2017 Federal managers often still discourage employees from teleworking, despite a mandate from Congress and individual agency guidance directing them to expand the program. Telework has grown dramatically as a result of the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, with 40 percent more federal employees taking advantage of the benefit in fiscal 2015...

The 10 Largest Programs on Trump’s Chopping Block

March 20, 2017 President Trump requested an array of cuts in his fiscal 2018 budget to arrive at $54 billion in overall reductions in domestic agency discretionary spending. He proposed eliminating entirely 19 independent agencies, though the real meat in terms of dollars came from inside Cabinet-level agencies. By the White House’s estimate,...

House Approves Measures Reforming VA Hiring and Firing

March 17, 2017 Veterans Affairs may soon find it easier to hire and fire employees, with the House passing two bills this week attempting to streamline the department's archaic personnel rules. Along largely partisan lines, the House approved the contentious VA Accountability First Act on Thursday evening. The bill would give the VA...

House Committee Clears Postal Reform Bill, Claims 'Big Day'

March 16, 2017 Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. That was the most common refrain uttered by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as they unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday. Lawmakers struck a delicate balance that finally, after years...

Trump Requests Dramatic Budget Cuts for the Rest of This Year, Too

March 16, 2017 President Trump called for $54 billion in cuts to domestic agencies in his fiscal 2018 budget released Thursday, but the White House was not done in suggesting spending reductions. In a supplemental request to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also sent Thursday, Trump suggested an immediate cut of $18 billion...

Winners and Losers in Trump's Cut-Filled Budget

March 16, 2017 As promised, President Trump issued a budget on Thursday that would largely reshape the federal government and the missions of its agencies. The proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending is offset with cuts across domestic agencies, with very few being spared significant reductions. Entire agencies are slated for elimination,...

Border Agency Promises Not to Sacrifice Quality for Speed in Hiring

March 15, 2017 The Trump administration will not lower its standards for quality to ramp up hiring of border security personnel, Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday, leaving open the possibility the agency would reassess the total number of employees it plans to bring on. Officials declined to state who initiated the...

EPA Employees Vow to 'Stand Up! Fight Back!' Against New Administration, Budget Cuts

March 15, 2017 Nestled between their agency’s headquarters and their president’s luxury hotel, Environmental Protection Agency employees gathered on Wednesday to protest the new administration and boo their new administrator. “Stand up! Fight back!” hundreds of EPA employees and other environmental advocates chanted as temperatures dipped well below freezing in downtown Washington, D.C....