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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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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...

Congressman: Career Feds ‘Soak Off the Lifeblood of the American People’

February 2, 2017 Draining the swamp means ridding the federal government of career employees, according to one congressman who has introduced a bill to ease the process of firing them. Federal employees “become where they are career bureaucrats who soak of the lifeblood of the American people,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., said in...

Pentagon Spells Out Details of Troops' New Retirement System

February 2, 2017 The Defense Department on Wednesday laid out the final details for its new blended retirement system for military personnel, which will automatically enroll new service members and give existing troops the option of signing up. The changes were included in the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill as the result of...

Defense Spells Out Broad Swath of Civilians Exempt From Hiring Freeze

February 2, 2017 Defense Department components will have broad authority to exempt positions from President Trump’s hiring freeze, according to guidance the Pentagon issued Thursday. A senior Defense official conceded the hiring moratorium will have an impact on the operations of the department, but said the freeze will provide an opportunity to identify...

Pentagon Spells Out Details of Troops' New Retirement System

February 1, 2017 The Defense Department on Wednesday laid out the final details for its new blended retirement system for military personnel, which will automatically enroll new service members and give existing troops the option of signing up. The changes were included in the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill as the result of...

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...

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