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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 Seek Probe of Potential Civil Service Violations by Trump’s Transition Team

December 19, 2016 Several Democratic senators are asking for an independent investigation into President-elect Trump’s transition team, alleging it may have violated civil service laws with its probe into the activities of Energy Department employees. Led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., nine Democrats asked the Office of Special Counsel to launch the investigation...

Federal Employee Unions See Uptick in Membership Since Trump’s Election

December 16, 2016 The largest federal employee unions have seen an uptick in membership since the election, as President-elect Donald Trump has vowed major shakeups to the civil service. The American Federation of Government Employees netted nearly 1,300 new, dues-paying members in November, a more than 50 percent increase in its monthly average...

How Trump’s Regulatory Agenda Could Transform Federal Agencies

December 16, 2016 Federal agencies could face a significant change in the scopes of their missions under reformed regulatory procedures proposed by President-elect Donald Trump, though he will first have to overcome the operational challenges involved in implementing his proposal. Trump has said he will require agencies to eliminate two regulations for every...

Trump’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Business Plan ‘Reeks,’ Former Presidential Lawyers Say

December 14, 2016 Congressional Democrats continued their push to shine a spotlight on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, holding a forum on Wednesday to allow legal experts to explain their gripes with Trump’s business ownership. Former legal advisors to both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush took issue with the plans...

Government Ethics Office Now Says Trump’s Business Plans Fall Short

December 13, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump will not eliminate conflicts of interest concerns by transferring power of his company to his children, according to the federal agency with oversight of executive branch ethics. The Office of Government Ethics said in a letter to Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee...

Obama Administration Urges Trump to Continue Progress on Crowdsourcing

December 13, 2016 The Obama administration is imploring President-elect Trump to build upon its legacy with incorporating more crowdsourcing into federal agency operations, saying the practice helps the government “better understand our society and the world we inhabit.” The General Services Administration made its pitch through a blog post by Kelly Olson, the...

Some Agencies Planned To Work Through a Shutdown; Others Took a Different Approach

December 12, 2016 A little after 5 p.m. on Friday evening, the State Department emailed its entire workforce to update them of their shutdown contingency plan, including who would be sent home without pay if the Congress failed to pass a spending measure by midnight. Just hours before, White House Deputy Press Secretary...

Senate Avoids Shutdown With Last-Minute Approval of Spending Bill

December 9, 2016 In a highly contentious, 11th hour vote, the Senate late Friday voted 63-36 to stave off a government shutdown that would have closed federal agencies at midnight. President Obama is expected to immediately sign the continuing resolution to avoid the appropriations lapse and keep the federal government open through April...

White House, Agencies Begin Preparing for Shutdown

December 9, 2016 This story has been updated with additional shutdown guidance from the White House. Federal agencies have once again begun preparing for a government shutdown, as the clock ticks down toward an appropriations lapse and little sign of a funding deal in place to prevent it. The White House said it...

Shutdown Looms as Senate Democrats Refuse to Back Down Over Miners' Benefits

December 8, 2016 Senate Democrats are threatening a short-lived government shutdown this weekend, indicating Thursday night they would not go along with a stopgap measure that would keep agencies open past Friday. The House on Thursday easily approved the continuing resolution to fund government through April 28, but several senators, led by Sen....

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