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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Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Promises Efficiencies Among Civilian Workforce

January 12, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s likely Defense Department secretary pledged on Thursday to trim the size of the bureaucracy at the Pentagon, but said the cuts should be based on practical assessments rather than arbitrary figures. James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps General and former commander of U.S. Central Command, said he...

Trump Announces Plans to Surrender Control of His Business, But Declines Divestiture

January 11, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump formally announced on Wednesday his plan to hand over control of his real estate business to two of his sons, but his decision not to fully divest from the company left many critical of his resolution. At a press conference in New York, Trump said he would...

Trump’s DHS Pick Promises Better Morale Through ‘Bottom Up’ Approach

January 10, 2017 Lawmakers at a confirmation hearing Tuesday implored President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department to operate the organization more efficiently and to take seriously the poor morale of the workforce, and seemed overwhelmingly satisfied with the responses they were given. John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general,...

Trump Nominees Can Serve in SES Roles at Agencies as They Await Confirmation

January 10, 2017 The Obama administration has taken some heat from Republicans for implementing last-minute rules and regulations that could hamper President-elect Trump from implementing his agenda, but Obama is giving his successor at least one parting gift: the ability to place nominees into agency positions while they await confirmation. The Office of...

Oversight Chairman Promises Sweeping Changes to Feds’ Retirement, Job Security

January 9, 2017 The congressman who leads oversight of the federal workforce promised on Monday to bring sweeping reforms to federal employees’ retirement benefits, job security and even the location of their offices. Having a Republican in the White House will allow Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight and Government...

Ethics Office Cites Trump Nominees, Senate for Taking Unprecedented Approach

January 9, 2017 The Office of Government Ethics expressed serious concerns with the pace of the Senate’s confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, saying it is risky and unprecedented for the chamber to move forward before the nominees complete the ethics review process. In a letter in response to an inquiry from...

At-Will Employment, Workforce Cuts and Other Bills From Congress’ First Week

January 6, 2017 Lawmakers have wasted no time introducing measures to overhaul the civil service and adjust the size of the federal workforce, putting forward several pieces of legislation in the first week of the 115th Congress to make wide-ranging reforms. Perhaps most notably, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., laid out his plan to...

Federal Employee Appeals Board Can No Longer Decide Appeals

January 5, 2017 Federal employees looking to appeal adverse personnel decisions up the chain will soon have a decision to make: pay up or wait -- indefinitely. The Merit Systems Protection Board lost a functioning central panel this week, with just one Senate-confirmed member still remaining. The resignation of the board's Chairman Susan...

Under New Affirmative Action Rule, Agencies Must Hire More Disabled Workers

January 4, 2017 Federal agencies will have to adopt new plans to hire more disabled individuals and provide more assistance to them at their offices under a new rule from the agency tasked with preventing workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a final rule this week spelling out “Affirmative Action for...

Republicans Expected to Reduce Feds’ Pensions, Outsource More Work

January 4, 2017 Federal employees can expect attempts to cut their pay, benefits and rights in the new Congress, as the unified Republican government looks to finally deliver on many failed efforts from previous years. The 115th Congress wasted no time pursuing legislation with high impacts on the federal workforce; the first bill...

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