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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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Trump: Country Needs 'a Good Shutdown' in September

May 2, 2017 President Trump on Tuesday suggested he would support a government shutdown this fall, despite his administration saying repeatedly in recent weeks such an outcome was never desirable. Trump, in a pair of tweets, said congressional negotiators only struck a deal on an omnibus spending bill to fund federal agencies through...

Winners and Losers in the Omnibus Spending Deal

May 1, 2017 Congressional negotiators have struck a deal to fund agencies through the end of the fiscal year and are expected to vote on it this week before a shutdown deadline Friday evening. President Trump signed a one-week stopgap continuing resolution last week to buy time to a reach a longer-term spending...

Poll: Feds Feel Disrespected by Trump, Give Him Low Approval Marks

May 1, 2017 Federal employees are not satisfied with their top boss, a new survey found, with just 37 percent expressing approval for President Trump. Nearly six in 10 federal employees said they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, according to a new poll from Government Executive Media Group’s research...

Congress Approves Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

April 28, 2017 Both the House and Senate on Friday easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill, clearing the way to avoid a government shutdown. The Senate approved the measure shortly after the House as the midnight deadline approached. The continuing resolution will now head to President Trump, who is expected to sign...

Lawmakers Introduce One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

April 27, 2017 Congress is looking to delay by one week a potential government shutdown, saying it needs more time to iron out the details of a longer-term spending deal. Absent congressional action, agencies would run out of funding and be forced to shutter their operations starting Saturday. Republicans in Congress have proposed...

DHS Launches Trump’s Immigration Victims Office

April 26, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has officially launched a new office to help victims of crimes committed by non-citizen immigrants receive assistance and information on the status of the alleged perpetrators, though it will receive little in the way of new resources. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office follows...

Trump Administration Will Ask Career Feds How to Do Things Better -- or Not at All

April 25, 2017 Career federal employees will play an outsized role in crafting the Trump administration’s effort to reshape government, one of the architects of the plan said, and those who survive the ultimate workforce reduction will come out on the other side with a renewed sense of purpose. The administration is taking...

Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating Office to Identify VA Employees to Fire

April 24, 2017 President Trump this week will sign an executive order to create a new office in the Veterans Affairs Department to increase employee accountability and protect whistleblowers, according to a White House official. The order will establish the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within VA, which has for years taken...

Trump Won’t Rule Out Veto of a Shutdown-Averting Bill

April 24, 2017 President Trump declined to rule out vetoing a spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown if the measure does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawmakers and the White House have through Friday to reach a deal to keep federal agencies open, but so...

Trump Administration Begins Shutdown Preparations

April 21, 2017 The Trump administration has begun preparing for a government shutdown that could begin next week, even as congressional negotiators work to finalize a preliminary agreement to keep agencies open. The formal process in which the Office of Management and Budget instructs agencies to “review and update orderly shutdown plans” is...