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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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OPM Is Ready, but No Agencies Have Requested Separation Incentive Authority Yet

May 8, 2017 No federal agencies have requested special authority to incentivize their employees to leave, according to the office responsible for granting the permission, despite a call from the White House to engage in the tactic as a means for cutting their workforces. The Office of Personnel Management has not yet received...

White House Lays Out Plan to Hold Agencies Accountable for Cutting Regulations

May 5, 2017 The White House plans to hold agencies to strict account as they begin efforts to reduce their regulatory operations, requiring them to create goals and report regularly on their progress. In recent guidance spelling out how to comply with President Trump’s executive order establishing task forces across government to weed...

Defense Ends Civilian Hiring Freeze, But Will Review 'Necessity' of Vacant Positions

May 4, 2017 The Defense Department has lifted its hiring freeze, several weeks after President Trump ended the moratorium across government, but the Pentagon is still taking a cautious approach to bringing in new employees as it prepares to reshape its operations. Defense Secretary James Mattis sent the memorandum to the department Wednesday,...

VA Considers Hundreds of Building Closures, but Focus Is Not on Medical Facilities

May 4, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of unused or rarely-used buildings, the agency’s leader told Congress this week, saying he wants to work with lawmakers to unload them. VA Secretary David Shulkin made waves Wednesday for comments during a House Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in which he said VA had...

Senate Approves Omnibus to Avoid Shutdown

May 4, 2017 The Senate on Thursday approved 79-18 an omnibus spending bill to keep agencies open through September, which is now heading to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Agencies' funding is set to expire Saturday morning, but a shutdown will now almost certainly be avoided as the White House put out...

House Approves Shutdown-Averting Omnibus Spending Bill

May 3, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved 309-118 a negotiated agreement to fund agencies through September, sending the measure to the Senate for approval ahead of the looming shutdown threat. Lawmakers announced the omnibus appropriations deal, which would set spending levels on a line-by-line basis across government through the final five months...

Defense Ends Civilian Hiring Freeze, But Will Review 'Necessity' of Vacant Positions

May 3, 2017 The Defense Department has lifted its hiring freeze, several weeks after President Trump ended the moratorium across government, but the Pentagon is still taking a cautious approach to bringing in new employees as it prepares to reshape its operations. Defense Secretary James Mattis sent the memorandum to the department Wednesday,...

Federal Scientists March for Their Work, and Against Trump

May 3, 2017 In Mark Sims’ 30 years as an engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency, he never experienced anything like on April 22, when he and 100 of his colleagues joined thousands to stand up for the very essence of their professional lives: science. “The mood was pretty festive,” said Sims, who...

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...