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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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TSA Will Also Partially Continue Its Hiring Freeze

April 20, 2017 Add another agency to the list of those limping out of the federal hiring freeze, despite President Trump ending the moratorium last week: the Transportation Security Administration is continuing the freeze for some positions. All non-front line positions will be frozen, TSA’s acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot said in a...

ICE’s ‘Management Deficiencies’ Are Preventing It From Deporting More Immigrants

April 20, 2017 President Trump has ordered a massive hiring surge to carry out a hallmark policy of deporting more undocumented immigrants, but a new report has found the agency he wants to staff up is failing to properly manage the employees it already has on board to carry out that task. “Management...

EPA To Offer Employees Buyouts, Early Retirement This Year

April 19, 2017 This story has been updated. The Environmental Protection Agency will begin offering employees financial incentives to leave the agency this year, according to an internal memorandum obtained by Government Executive. As part of its efforts to meet the requirements of recently issued guidance from the Office of Management and Budget...

The House's Top Federal Agency Overseer Will Not Seek Reelection

April 19, 2017 The House lawmaker with primary oversight of the federal workforce announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2018. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he will rejoin the private sector, ending what will be a four-year tenure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz has...

Trump Cabinet Secretary Tells Lawmakers to ‘Shut Up’ and Support Front-Line Feds

April 18, 2017 A key member of President Trump’s Cabinet came to the defense of front-line federal employees Tuesday, telling members of Congress and the public to stop unfairly denigrating his workers for simply doing their jobs. Homeland Security Department employees have been “political pawns” in recent years, Secretary John Kelly said in...

Key Lawmakers From Both Parties Urge Trump to Fill Vacant IG Positions

April 18, 2017 President Trump should act immediately to fill vacant inspector general positions, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is urging. More than a dozen senators and House members signed their names to a pair of letters to the president, including the leadership of both chambers' executive branch oversight committees. The unfilled...

The Potential Pitfalls of Trump’s Plan for Agencies to Transform Themselves

April 17, 2017 President Trump has instructed federal agencies to revamp, streamline and ultimately downsize -- a task that could prove more difficult than Trump’s promise to simply “do more with less.” Agencies hold some authority to rearrange their priorities and structure, according to individuals with experience in reorganizing government, but several factors...

Some Agencies Are Extending the Hiring Freeze Trump Just Ended

April 14, 2017 The White House ended its governmentwide federal hiring freeze earlier this week, but some agencies said they would continue the freeze, at least for some period of time. The State Department announced Thursday that Secretary Rex Tillerson had extended the moratorium until it develops a plan to restructure itself. The...

Trump Administration Installs Loyalist to Repair Deficient VA Facility

April 13, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has for the second time in two days replaced the director of its medical facility in Washington, D.C., following a devastating report faulting the center for “serious and troubling deficiencies.” VA on Wednesday immediately relieved the medical center director, Brian Hawkins, of his duties, replacing him...

OMB Director: Shutdown Consequences Have Been ‘Blown Out of Proportion’

April 12, 2017 Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to reach an agreement on how to fund government and avoid a shutdown, though President Trump’s budget director is shrugging off such an outcome as inconsequential. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney advocated for a government shutdown as “good policy”...