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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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The 10 Largest Programs on Trump’s Chopping Block

March 20, 2017 President Trump requested an array of cuts in his fiscal 2018 budget to arrive at $54 billion in overall reductions in domestic agency discretionary spending. He proposed eliminating entirely 19 independent agencies, though the real meat in terms of dollars came from inside Cabinet-level agencies. By the White House’s estimate,...

House Approves Measures Reforming VA Hiring and Firing

March 17, 2017 Veterans Affairs may soon find it easier to hire and fire employees, with the House passing two bills this week attempting to streamline the department's archaic personnel rules. Along largely partisan lines, the House approved the contentious VA Accountability First Act on Thursday evening. The bill would give the VA...

House Committee Clears Postal Reform Bill, Claims 'Big Day'

March 16, 2017 Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. That was the most common refrain uttered by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as they unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday. Lawmakers struck a delicate balance that finally, after years...

Trump Requests Dramatic Budget Cuts for the Rest of This Year, Too

March 16, 2017 President Trump called for $54 billion in cuts to domestic agencies in his fiscal 2018 budget released Thursday, but the White House was not done in suggesting spending reductions. In a supplemental request to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also sent Thursday, Trump suggested an immediate cut of $18 billion...

Winners and Losers in Trump's Cut-Filled Budget

March 16, 2017 As promised, President Trump issued a budget on Thursday that would largely reshape the federal government and the missions of its agencies. The proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending is offset with cuts across domestic agencies, with very few being spared significant reductions. Entire agencies are slated for elimination,...

Border Agency Promises Not to Sacrifice Quality for Speed in Hiring

March 15, 2017 The Trump administration will not lower its standards for quality to ramp up hiring of border security personnel, Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday, leaving open the possibility the agency would reassess the total number of employees it plans to bring on. Officials declined to state who initiated the...

EPA Employees Vow to 'Stand Up! Fight Back!' Against New Administration, Budget Cuts

March 15, 2017 Nestled between their agency’s headquarters and their president’s luxury hotel, Environmental Protection Agency employees gathered on Wednesday to protest the new administration and boo their new administrator. “Stand up! Fight back!” hundreds of EPA employees and other environmental advocates chanted as temperatures dipped well below freezing in downtown Washington, D.C....

Why Trump's Budget Cuts Are Even More Severe Than Advertised

March 14, 2017 This week, the Trump administration will roll out its plan to cut $54 billion from domestic federal agencies in fiscal 2018. The figure represents a reduction from spending levels under the current continuing resolution and within the framework of the most recent budget deal reached in 2015. When examining the...

Democrats Threaten Shutdown Over Trump, Republican Priorities

March 14, 2017 After years in a defensive crouch fending off government shutdown threats, Democrats are now indicating they may shutter agencies and send a large portion of the federal workforce home without pay. Funding for proposals imperative to President Trump’s agenda could lead to an appropriations standoff, Democratic leadership told Senate Majority...

Trump Orders Agencies to Eliminate Waste, Workforce Redundancies

March 13, 2017 This story has been updated with comments from President Trump and details from the executive order. President Trump on Monday issued a new executive order tasking federal agencies with cutting waste through agency reevaluation and reorganization. The order will require a “thorough examination” of every executive branch agency to identify...

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