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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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CIA, ODNI Get Exemption from Trump's Hiring Freeze

February 1, 2017 A slew of positions are now exempt from President Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, according to new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. In the second piece of guidance obtained by Government Executive since Trump signed the presidential memorandum last week ordering the...

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill

January 31, 2017 A bipartisan group of House leaders with oversight of the U.S. Postal Service introduced legislation on Tuesday to overhaul the mailing agency, pushing a bill nearly identical to one from last year. The 2017 Postal Service Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the respective...

Internal Promotions, Postal Service and CIA Among Trump's Hiring Freeze Exemptions

January 31, 2017 A slew of positions are now exempt from President Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, according to new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. In the second piece of guidance obtained by Government Executive since Trump signed the presidential memorandum last week ordering the...

Bill Would Give Federal Employees a 3.2 Percent Pay Raise in 2018

January 31, 2017 Federal employees would receive an across-the-board pay raise of 3.2 percent in 2018, under a bill introduced by a House Democrat Tuesday. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would give federal workers a 2 percent adjustment to their base pay, and a...

White House to ‘Career Bureaucrats’ Who Disagree With Trump: Get On Board or Get Out

January 30, 2017 Federal employees who do not agree with President Trump’s policies should get on board or leave federal service, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday. The statement came as reports surfaced that hundreds of career foreign service officials signed a dissent memorandum voicing their opposition to Trump’s executive order...

White House to EPA Employees: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

January 30, 2017 A senior White House adviser reached out to employees at the Environmental Protection Agency to assuage some of their fears that have arisen from new directives, warning that not all reports are accurate. Don Benton thanked the “many career professionals” at EPA in an email sent to employees obtained by...

Trump Signs One In, Two Out Order to Slash Federal Regulations

January 30, 2017 Federal agencies will soon have to significantly cut back their regulatory footprints, with President Trump on Monday signing an executive order that would require the government to shrink the costs of its regulations. The executive order follows through on a campaign promise; starting immediately, federal agencies must cut two regulations...

Trump Wants DHS to Hire 15,000 for Border Security? Not So Fast

January 28, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will soon attempt a major hiring surge after receiving a directive from President Trump to onboard 15,000 new employees. Two executive orders issued this week tasked two different DHS components with bringing on the new workers; Customs and Border Protection will look to hire 5,000 employees,...

‘I Can’t Get Out Fast Enough’: Meet the Feds Who Say They’re Leaving Under Trump

January 27, 2017 “Most people are pretty somber,” says Antoinette Henry, a long-time employee at the Housing and Urban Development Department. “They’re either quiet or manic.” Henry has worked as a career civil servant for 33 years. She had planned to stay at the department and apply for a promotion, as her boss...

Trump's Orders Calling for 15,000 New Federal Employees Could Face Setbacks

January 26, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will soon attempt a major hiring surge after receiving a directive from President Trump to onboard 15,000 new employees. Two executive orders issued this week tasked two different DHS components with bringing on the new workers; Customs and Border Protection will look to hire 5,000 employees,...