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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 Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

March 9, 2017 President Trump is deleting tweets, and the primary House lawmakers with oversight of the executive branch are not happy about it. Trump and his White House staffers may be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and...

House Committee Approves New Federal Firing Bill

March 8, 2017 A House committee approved legislation to hasten the disciplinary process at the Veterans Affairs Department, despite significant pushback from Democrats who said the measure unfairly targeted rank-and-file employees. The markup represented the latest effort from Republicans to increase accountability at VA. They've tried to expedite firings and suspensions at the...

What We Know About Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts So Far

March 7, 2017 The Trump administration has promised massive cuts in its preliminary budget later this month, including $54 billion in spending reductions to domestic agencies. The White House will not provide the details and distribution of those cuts until next week, when it submits to Congress the topline suggestions for agency spending....

Group Launches Ad Campaign to Ease Firing of Federal Employees

March 7, 2017 A conservative veterans advocacy group is creating a new ad campaign to pressure Congress to enact legislation that would ease the firing of federal employees. The campaign, run by Concerned Veterans for America, will target 29 House Democrats and one House Republican who could cast key votes on the 2017...

Trump Administration Pledges Better Interagency Collaboration on Revised Travel Ban

March 6, 2017 The Trump administration is promising more and improved interagency collaboration in implementing its revised ban on individuals traveling from six majority Muslim countries, senior officials said as the president signed a new executive order Monday. One of the key differences between the initial January order and the revised document is...

Bipartisan Demands for More Hiring Freeze Exemptions Are Piling Up

March 3, 2017 Yet another set of lawmakers has requested that an exemption to President Trump’s federal hiring freeze be allowed -- this time to ensure child care services at Army bases continue uninterrupted. A letter from Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, and Mark Meadows, N.C., the top-ranked Republicans on the House Oversight and...

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...