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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Trump Administration Revives Priority for Workforce Cuts

December 17, 2018 The Trump administration made a big splash with federal employees in its first months when it issued a memorandum calling on all agencies to come up with plans to slash their workforces. The directive came from the Office of Management and Budget explaining how agencies should implement an executive order...

Trump Announces Major Cabinet Reshuffling

December 15, 2018 One member of President Trump’s cabinet will have a new job come 2019, while another will leave government entirely. Trump on Friday named Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as the acting White House chief of staff. The former congressman will retain his title as head of OMB,...

See Who Would Get Furloughed in a Christmas Shutdown

December 13, 2018 The federal government is about a week away from shutting down, though only about 41 percent of civilians report to agencies at risk of having their doors shuttered. Congress has already allocated a majority of full-year spending, with President Trump signing legislation that accounts for 75 percent of annual discretionary...

Potential Landmark Case Could Upend Major Civil Service Reform

December 12, 2018 A new legal challenge could upend a law President Trump has consistently highlighted as one of his signature legislative achievements, which marks the most significant shift to civil service statutes in decades. Jeffrey Sayers, a former Veterans Affairs Department pharmacist for 37 years and until recently the chief of pharmacy...

'I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government,' Trump Says During Fight with Democrats

December 11, 2018 President Trump reiterated his government shutdown threat on Tuesday during televised negotiations with Democratic congressional leaders, saying he would not approve appropriations to keep certain agencies open past Dec. 21 if lawmakers do not agree to his requested funding level for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a testy...

'I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government,' Trump Says During Fight with Democrats

December 11, 2018 President Trump reiterated his government shutdown threat on Tuesday during televised negotiations with Democratic congressional leaders, saying he would not approve appropriations to keep certain agencies open past Dec. 21 if lawmakers do not agree to his requested funding level for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a testy...

DHS Scales Back Troubled Contract Designed to Bring on More Border Agents

December 10, 2018 The Trump administration is scaling back a $300 million contract it signed a year ago to help fulfill the president’s mandate to hire thousands of Border Patrol agents, customs officers and support staff, saying it now has sufficient resources to make those hires internally. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the...

Trump Administration Removes Guidance Supporting Transgender Feds

December 7, 2018 The Trump administration has removed from its personnel website guidance for all federal agencies to follow regarding transgender employees, and with the deletion has implemented new policies for transitioning workers. The removal of the policy, which the Office of Personnel Management previously issued to “address some of the common questions...

Trump's Postal Task Force Report Receives Tepid Response From Key Players

December 6, 2018 The Trump administration’s long-anticipated and significantly delayed task force recommendations for saving the U.S. Postal Service were more moderate that some of its sharpest critics had anticipated, but many in the mailing community wasted no time in pointing to what they saw as flaws in the report. Absent from the...

Congress Set to Pass Two-Week Stopgap Measure This Week to Avoid Partial Shutdown

December 3, 2018 Federal agencies appear likely to receive stopgap funding at the end of the week, with lawmakers and the White House signaling they need more time to avoid a partial government shutdown. Negotiations over full year funding for fiscal 2019 were stalled by the death of President George H.W. Bush, whose...