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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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With Shutdown Days Away, Lawmakers Unveil Massive Federal Spending Bill

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers on Wednesday finally unveiled a $1.3 trillion funding package to set spending levels at every federal office across government, allowing themselves less than three days to approve the measure before the government shuts down at midnight Friday. The measure has been delayed several times as lawmakers negotiated over an...

With Shutdown Days Away, Lawmakers Unveil Massive Federal Spending Bill

March 21, 2018 Lawmakers on Wednesday finally unveiled a $1.3 trillion funding package to set spending levels at every federal office across government, allowing themselves less than three days to approve the measure before the government shuts down at midnight Friday. The measure has been delayed several times as lawmakers negotiated over an...

House Revives Rule Making It Easier to Cut Federal Employees' Pay, Slash Workforce

March 21, 2018 The House this week voted to extend into 2018 a rule making it easier for lawmakers to eliminate federal jobs and enabling them to reduce the salaries of federal employees. Republicans brought back what is known as the Holman Rule at the beginning of the 115th Congress, but it had...

Trump’s Federal Workforce Goals: Streamline Firing, Automate Jobs

March 20, 2018 The Trump administration on Tuesday detailed its specific goals for overhauling the federal civil service system, including efforts to streamline the firing of poor performers and to speed up the hiring process for senior executives. The proposals and corresponding metrics were released Tuesday under the “workforce for the 21st century”...

Lawmakers Expect Massive Spending Bill Tuesday, Face Tight Turnaround to Avoid Shutdown

March 20, 2018 Lawmakers plan to unveil on Tuesday a $1.3 trillion bill to set spending levels at every federal agency, giving themselves just a few days to pass the funding measure and avoid the third government shutdown of the year. The fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill has been delayed after weeks of...

Mnuchin’s Pricey Government Travel Breaks From Coach-Flying Predecessor

March 16, 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has never traveled on a commercial flight during his tenure, according to newly released documents, breaking the practice of at least some of his predecessors. Mnuchin has spent nearly $1 million of department money to fly on military aircraft, internal Treasury documents obtained by Citizens for...

State, White House Officials Conspired to Root Out Disloyal Career Workers, Whistleblower Docs Show

March 15, 2018 Political appointees at the State Department targeted career employees for their work during the Obama administration and discussed “cleaning” out civil servants not sufficiently supportive of the Trump administration, according to internal documents released by congressional Democrats. The documents, which were reviewed by Government Executive after the lawmakers received them...

New Details Emerge on Carson’s Office Upgrade, Pruitt’s Sound-Proof Booth

March 14, 2018 New details surrounding two Trump administration Cabinet officials’ expenditures to spruce up their offices came to light this week, demonstrating more direct involvement and higher spending totals than previously suspected. Emails obtained by the watchdog group American Oversight show Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and his wife Candy,...

VA Is Overstepping Congressional Intent With 'Unacceptable' Firings, Senators Say

March 13, 2018 A group of Democratic senators has sounded the alarm over the Trump administration’s enforcement of a key civil service reform President Trump signed into law last year, accusing the Veterans Affairs Department of abusing and misusing authority Congress provided to expedite the firing of poorly performing or misbehaving employees. VA...

Unions Push Back on Trump Administration's Plans to Shrink Labor-Management Agency

March 12, 2018 The federal agency tasked with overseeing labor-management relations in government is planning to shutter two of its seven regional offices, and federal employee unions are not happy about it. The Federal Labor Relations Authority announced the closures of its Boston and Dallas offices in its fiscal 2019 budget justification, saying...