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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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Job Performance, Not Tenure, Now Top Consideration for Defense Layoffs

January 26, 2017 The Defense Department will lay off civilians primarily on the basis of their performance, according to a new policy, breaking with the rest of federal government that considers tenure foremost. The policy was implemented at the behest of Congress, which required the change in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization...

Unanswered Hiring Freeze Questions Leave Agencies Taking Different Approaches

January 25, 2017 President Trump’s hiring freeze has left employees and agencies alike in a holding pattern, with few details coming from the White House on how it will be implemented. The moratorium provides potentially broad-reaching exemptions that have yet to be defined, and leaves candidates in the midst of the job application...

Drastically Changing Agency Missions Is Harder Than Trump Might Think

January 25, 2017 In 1981, Milt Goldberg was a relatively new career federal employee, helping the Education Department out of its infancy and into a fully functioning agency. Those efforts were threatened, however, as newly sworn-in President Ronald Reagan had made clear throughout his campaign he planned to eliminate the department – created...

White House Pleads Ignorance on Agency Gag Orders

January 24, 2017 The White House said it was unaware of various “gag orders” that have reportedly been instituted at agencies across government, though a spokesman added it is standard procedure for new administrations to review policies. The issue first came to light when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a memorandum to its...

Here Are the Details of Trump’s Governmentwide Hiring Freeze

January 23, 2017 President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze will last only as long as it takes his administration to come up with an alternative attrition plan, according to a memorandum released by the White House Monday, and could provide broad exemptions for agency leaders. Trump said his hiring moratorium would “be applied across...

Trump Signs Order to Freeze Federal Hiring

January 23, 2017 President Trump on Monday followed through on a campaign promise to freeze federal hiring, issuing an executive order that would prohibit the onboarding of new civilians. Trump did not elaborate on the new policy as he signed it in the Oval Office, saying only “except for the military” to reporters...

Trump Promises to Transform Government by Putting the American People First

January 20, 2017 In a decidedly populist inaugural address, President Donald Trump vowed to lead a government that would benefit and protect all Americans rather than the establishment concentrated in the nation’s capital. Shortly after being sworn in, Trump said he would diminish the power of those in Washington, D.C., in favor of...

Here Are the Officials Now Leading Federal Agencies

January 19, 2017 In December, as is customary, President Obama asked every one of the political appointees in his administration to offer their resignations, effective Jan. 20. Virtually none of those positions will be filled in the opening days of the Trump administration, creating potential vacancies at the top of every agency in...

Inside How Federal Agencies Will Operate in Trump's First Days

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is sending more than 500 temporary political appointees to federal agencies across government and retaining more than 50 appointees nominated by President Obama, according to a spokesman, as part of an effort to be “locked and loaded” on day one. Deploying temporary Schedule C employees to agencies,...

Trump Promises Federal Agency Thank You Tour

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is planning to tour federal agencies throughout government to thank employees for their service, a spokesman said Thursday. Trump recognizes the sacrifices those in public service make, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, and will make it a priority to thank them. He said the...