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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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Senate Leaders Announce Two-Year Budget Deal to Boost Spending by $300 Billion

February 7, 2018 Congressional leadership on Wednesday reached a bipartisan spending agreement that would set top-line funding levels for all federal agencies for the next two years, increasing spending at defense and non-defense agencies by a total of $300 billion. The deal would stave off a shutdown by punting the deadline for six...

Congress Launches Investigation Into Federal Agencies' Sexual Misconduct Settlements

February 7, 2018 Key oversight lawmakers are looking for answers on federal agencies’ spending to settle sexual misconduct cases, asking the Justice Department for detailed information on each use of a special fund over the last six years. Justice uses the Judgment Fund, which is housed in the Treasury Department, to pay out...

House Passes Shutdown-Averting Measure, Senate Plans Still in Flux

February 6, 2018 The House on Tuesday approved a measure to fund most of the government on a continuing resolution for six weeks while providing full year appropriations to the Defense Department, despite warnings from congressional Democrats the bill will not make it out of the Senate without significant changes. The measure would...

Trump: ‘I’d Love to See a Shutdown’

February 6, 2018 As congressional negotiators moved closer to agreeing to a spending deal Tuesday to avoid the second lapse in appropriations in three weeks, President Trump appeared to advocate a completely different approach. Trump, speaking at an event to discuss gang members immigrating to the United States, said he would support forcing...

House to Vote on Shutdown-Avoiding Measure That Democrats Say Is Dead on Arrival in Senate

February 6, 2018 House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to fund most of the government on a stopgap measure for six weeks while providing full year appropriations to the Defense Department, despite warnings from congressional Democrats the bill will not make it out of the Senate. The measure would mark the...

Trump Cut 13K Federal Jobs in First Year, But 3 of His Recent Predecessors Outdid Him

February 5, 2018 The Trump administration cut nearly 13,000 federal jobs in its first year, reversing a trend of growing government in the closing years of the Obama administration but failing to live up to the workforce-shrinking precedents set by several recent presidents during their inaugural 12 months. The vast majority of the...

ICE to Pay Private Sector for Each Deportation Officer It Helps the Agency Hire

February 1, 2018 The Trump administration is soliciting a contractor to hire more than 16,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, about half of whom will serve as deportation officers to fulfill the president’s mandated hiring. ICE will pay the consultant a flat rate for each new employee it helps the agency hire,...

Republican Lawmakers Applaud Trump’s Call to Fire More Feds, Pledge to Pass Reforms

January 31, 2018 Republican lawmakers with a history of proposing or passing civil service reforms applauded President Trump for his call to ease the firing of federal employees across government, saying they would fight to ensure the changes occur legislatively. In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, Trump...

State Department IG Looking Into Alleged Political Targeting of Career Workers

January 30, 2018 The State Department’s watchdog is “looking into” allegations that the agency is engaged in political targeting and other prohibited personnel practices, the office said Tuesday after whistleblowers sounded the alarm about unfair treatment. The inspector general’s office said it was probing the matter after two Democratic committee leaders sent a...

SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Federal Agency HQs Outside D.C.

January 30, 2018 President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to...