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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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Pentagon Spells Out Details of Troops' New Retirement System

February 2, 2017 The Defense Department on Wednesday laid out the final details for its new blended retirement system for military personnel, which will automatically enroll new service members and give existing troops the option of signing up. The changes were included in the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill as the result of...

Defense Spells Out Broad Swath of Civilians Exempt From Hiring Freeze

February 2, 2017 Defense Department components will have broad authority to exempt positions from President Trump’s hiring freeze, according to guidance the Pentagon issued Thursday. A senior Defense official conceded the hiring moratorium will have an impact on the operations of the department, but said the freeze will provide an opportunity to identify...

Pentagon Spells Out Details of Troops' New Retirement System

February 1, 2017 The Defense Department on Wednesday laid out the final details for its new blended retirement system for military personnel, which will automatically enroll new service members and give existing troops the option of signing up. The changes were included in the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill as the result of...

CIA, ODNI Get Exemption from Trump's Hiring Freeze

February 1, 2017 A slew of positions are now exempt from President Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, according to new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. In the second piece of guidance obtained by Government Executive since Trump signed the presidential memorandum last week ordering the...

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill

January 31, 2017 A bipartisan group of House leaders with oversight of the U.S. Postal Service introduced legislation on Tuesday to overhaul the mailing agency, pushing a bill nearly identical to one from last year. The 2017 Postal Service Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the respective...

Internal Promotions, Postal Service and CIA Among Trump's Hiring Freeze Exemptions

January 31, 2017 A slew of positions are now exempt from President Trump’s governmentwide hiring freeze, according to new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. In the second piece of guidance obtained by Government Executive since Trump signed the presidential memorandum last week ordering the...

Bill Would Give Federal Employees a 3.2 Percent Pay Raise in 2018

January 31, 2017 Federal employees would receive an across-the-board pay raise of 3.2 percent in 2018, under a bill introduced by a House Democrat Tuesday. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., would give federal workers a 2 percent adjustment to their base pay, and a...

White House to ‘Career Bureaucrats’ Who Disagree With Trump: Get On Board or Get Out

January 30, 2017 Federal employees who do not agree with President Trump’s policies should get on board or leave federal service, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday. The statement came as reports surfaced that hundreds of career foreign service officials signed a dissent memorandum voicing their opposition to Trump’s executive order...

White House to EPA Employees: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

January 30, 2017 A senior White House adviser reached out to employees at the Environmental Protection Agency to assuage some of their fears that have arisen from new directives, warning that not all reports are accurate. Don Benton thanked the “many career professionals” at EPA in an email sent to employees obtained by...

Trump Signs One In, Two Out Order to Slash Federal Regulations

January 30, 2017 Federal agencies will soon have to significantly cut back their regulatory footprints, with President Trump on Monday signing an executive order that would require the government to shrink the costs of its regulations. The executive order follows through on a campaign promise; starting immediately, federal agencies must cut two regulations...