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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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White House, Agencies Begin Preparing for Shutdown

December 9, 2016 This story has been updated with additional shutdown guidance from the White House. Federal agencies have once again begun preparing for a government shutdown, as the clock ticks down toward an appropriations lapse and little sign of a funding deal in place to prevent it. The White House said it...

Shutdown Looms as Senate Democrats Refuse to Back Down Over Miners' Benefits

December 8, 2016 Senate Democrats are threatening a short-lived government shutdown this weekend, indicating Thursday night they would not go along with a stopgap measure that would keep agencies open past Friday. The House on Thursday easily approved the continuing resolution to fund government through April 28, but several senators, led by Sen....

Transition Officials: The Hiring Freeze Is Just One Way Trump Will Cut Government

December 8, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump is still not offering any details on his proposed federal hiring freeze, though his transition team promised more information in the coming weeks. Transition officials said on Thursday the freeze would number among several policies aimed a cutting the size of government that Trump will announce before...

House Approves Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

December 8, 2016 The House on Thursday approved a measure 326-96 to keep federal agencies funded through April 28, approving the second stopgap measure since October that will now keep spending levels on cruise control for the first seven months of fiscal 2017. The continuing resolution will now head to the Senate for...

Here’s How One Federal Employee Union Will Fight Back Against Trump

December 7, 2016 If the message of J. David Cox, the president of the largest federal employee union, could be summed up as succinctly as possible, it would be: Don’t panic. The American Federation of Government Employees leader is taking a measured approach in preparing for the Trump administration, declining to sound the...

Lawmakers Race Against the Clock to Avoid Shutdown

December 6, 2016 This story was updated when the text of the CR was released. Congressional negotiators are pressing to wrap up a stopgap funding measure to keep federal agencies open beyond Friday evening, when current appropriations are set to expire, introducing legislation on Tuesday evening to keep status quo spending in place...

The 2016 'Plum Book' Lists Thousands of Jobs Up for Grabs in the Trump Administration

December 5, 2016 The federal government on Monday published its quadrennial “Plum Book,” a listing of all the presidentially appointed jobs across executive and legislative branch agencies. Formally known as U.S. Policy and Supporting Positions, the physical book and its digital version spell out more than 9,000 positions across government including Senate-confirmed, Schedule...

Republicans Look to Restrict How Agencies Spend Billions in Collected Fees and Penalties

December 2, 2016 House Republicans are looking to restrain federal agencies’ latitude in spending money they collect in fees and penalties following their investigation that found the government took in $83 billion from fines and settlements between 2010 and 2015. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Government Operations panel examined at a...

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...

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