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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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Trump Transition Team Meets With Veterans Groups to Discuss VA Reforms

December 1, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team met with leaders in the veteran community for the first time on Thursday, with the two sides amicably discussing the organizations’ goals for reforming the Veterans Affairs Department. Six Trump advisers, including some but not all of the individuals he named to his VA landing...

Obama Makes More Changes to Federal Hiring Through Regulatory Process

December 1, 2016 The Obama administration put forward two rules on Wednesday to change the federal hiring process, with veterans and former felons as the primary beneficiaries. The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule to ban agencies from issuing any forms that ask about applicants’ criminal backgrounds until the potential hiring...

House Passes Bills to Boost Overtime Pay and Protect Whistleblowers

November 30, 2016 The House on Wednesday passed two bills friendly to various parts of the federal workforce, including a measure to boost overtime pay and another to increase protections for whistleblowers. The Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act would provide $22 million to allow “almost everyone” at the agency to receive...

Government’s Ethics Office Praises Trump for Commitments He Hasn’t Made

November 30, 2016 The Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday released a bizarre series of tweets praising President-elect Donald Trump for a commitment to remove himself entirely from his business—a commitment he has yet to make. The tweets congratulated Trump for divesting entirely from the Trump Organization, a promise the president-elect never actually...

Trump’s VA Team Could Bring Big Changes to Vets’ Health Care, Employee Rights

November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump is taking advice on how to run the Veterans Affairs Department from conservatives with ties to a group that has sought to drastically reduce the government’s role in providing health care to veterans. Trump on Tuesday named Darin Selnick, a senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America,...

Obama Seeks to Cement Agency Diversity Efforts Before Trump Takes Office

November 28, 2016 As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the executive branch, the Obama administration is looking to institutionalize the progress it has made in building diversity priorities into hiring and everyday government practices. The White House is hosting a multi-day event that kicked off Monday to share best practices...

Senator Requests Weekly Updates on Appointees Burrowing In

November 23, 2016 A Republican senator with the most direct authority over the federal workforce in the upper chamber is asking for regular updates from the Obama administration on political appointees who become career employees, adding another layer of executive and legislative branch oversight of the practice. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs...

Postal Reform Could Re-Emerge in the Lame Duck Congress

November 22, 2016 Lawmakers are preparing to bring renewed attention to U.S. Postal Service reform in the lame-duck session of Congress, though in a challenge that will sound all too familiar to advocates for change, scores of members from both parties are already sounding the alarm about their concerns with current legislation. A...

Trump Names Transition Leaders for Government Management Agencies

November 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named the leadership teams who will oversee his transition efforts at governmentwide management agencies. They include congressional aides and former top officials with both Bush administrations. Trump’s announcement comes as he deploys “landing teams” to domestic agencies to coordinate the president-elect’s efforts with the work...

Obama Freezes SES Hiring and Gives Appointees a Resignation Deadline

November 21, 2016 The Obama administration has issued a freeze on hiring new top career officials through the remainder of his presidency, effective Dec. 7, saying the pause will better empower President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees to influence their agencies upon taking office. The Office of Personnel Management will impose a governmentwide moratorium on...