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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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Senators Push Reforms to Help Trump Achieve Promised Federal Hiring Surge

March 10, 2017 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has quickly earned a reputation as one of President Trump’s harshest Republican critics, but he is still looking to help the new administration accomplish one of its signature policy goals. McCain, along with Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Senate Homeland...

Pension Reforms, Punishments for Porn Watchers Advance

March 10, 2017 A House committee approved several bills aimed at reforming the federal workforce, including a pension reform for union officials who receive government paychecks. Two of the measures would bring changes to the practice of official time, with one earning fierce opposition from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform...

House Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

March 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump is deleting tweets, and the primary House lawmakers with oversight of the executive branch are not happy about it. Trump and his White House staffers may be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and...

GOP’s Obamacare Replacement May Reduce Bureaucracy, but Not Bureaucrats

March 9, 2017 Republicans have spoken for years of the need to remove government from individual health care decisions. And in touting their new American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the “most important thing it does” is “it takes the power out of the bureaucracy and puts it back...

House Oversight Leaders to Trump: Stop Deleting Tweets

March 9, 2017 President Trump is deleting tweets, and the primary House lawmakers with oversight of the executive branch are not happy about it. Trump and his White House staffers may be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and...

House Committee Approves New Federal Firing Bill

March 8, 2017 A House committee approved legislation to hasten the disciplinary process at the Veterans Affairs Department, despite significant pushback from Democrats who said the measure unfairly targeted rank-and-file employees. The markup represented the latest effort from Republicans to increase accountability at VA. They've tried to expedite firings and suspensions at the...

What We Know About Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts So Far

March 7, 2017 The Trump administration has promised massive cuts in its preliminary budget later this month, including $54 billion in spending reductions to domestic agencies. The White House will not provide the details and distribution of those cuts until next week, when it submits to Congress the topline suggestions for agency spending....

Group Launches Ad Campaign to Ease Firing of Federal Employees

March 7, 2017 A conservative veterans advocacy group is creating a new ad campaign to pressure Congress to enact legislation that would ease the firing of federal employees. The campaign, run by Concerned Veterans for America, will target 29 House Democrats and one House Republican who could cast key votes on the 2017...

Trump Administration Pledges Better Interagency Collaboration on Revised Travel Ban

March 6, 2017 The Trump administration is promising more and improved interagency collaboration in implementing its revised ban on individuals traveling from six majority Muslim countries, senior officials said as the president signed a new executive order Monday. One of the key differences between the initial January order and the revised document is...

Bipartisan Demands for More Hiring Freeze Exemptions Are Piling Up

March 3, 2017 Yet another set of lawmakers has requested that an exemption to President Trump’s federal hiring freeze be allowed -- this time to ensure child care services at Army bases continue uninterrupted. A letter from Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, and Mark Meadows, N.C., the top-ranked Republicans on the House Oversight and...