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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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Sustained EPA Cuts Could Make Employees Eager for Buyouts

July 17, 2017 Employees are eager to accept separation incentives at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to one of the labor leaders at the agency, who said many in the workforce have become disillusioned with their employer due to a steady reduction in resources. A House appropriations bill would slash EPA funding by...

DHS Spent Millions on Conferences It Didn’t Report

July 14, 2017 The Homeland Security Department failed to report nearly two dozen conferences in 2014 and 2015 with a cumulative price tag of more than $3.5 million, according to a new report, skirting federal requirements. DHS did not publicly report two out of every three conferences that cost more than $100,000, the...

Lawmakers Task Trump Administration With Overhauling Federal Hiring

July 14, 2017 Lawmakers want to hear the Trump administration’s ideas for overhauling the federal hiring process, and are allowing just more than a year to come up with a plan. House appropriators in their report on the fiscal 2018 financial services and general government spending bill tasked the Office of Personnel Management...

House GOP Rejects Massive EPA, Interior Cuts While Approving Buyouts at Both Agencies

July 13, 2017 House Republicans do not plan to go along with President Trump’s proposal to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, putting forward a spending bill with far less severe budget cuts that still supports efforts to reduce the agencies’ workforces. The House Appropriations Committee would still cut EPA’s...

House-Backed Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Feds Who Discriminate

July 12, 2017 Federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections under a bill agreed to unanimously by the House on Tuesday, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions. Equal Employment Opportunity programs would operate independently of any human capital or general counsel offices under the 2017 Federal Employee...

Staff Cuts and Budget Increases Are Both on Tap for 2019

July 12, 2017 The Trump administration has provided federal agencies with the latitude to request up to a 5 percent funding boost in fiscal 2019, saying the White House may accommodate a “limited number” of programmatic increases in its final blueprint. Generally, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a...

Lawmakers, VA Eye More Civil Service Reforms After New Firing Law

July 11, 2017 Just weeks after President Trump signed into law an overhaul of how the Veterans Affairs Department fires employees, Congress is taking another crack at major civil service reforms at the agency. The proposals focused primarily on recruiting and hiring changes, such as giving the secretary greater latitude on onboarding and...

Postal Service Forced to Pay Overtime for Employees Taking Time Off to Campaign in 2016 Election

July 10, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service spent $90,000 on overtime to cover for employees who took time off to campaign in advance of the 2016 election, according to a new report. Unionized postal workers are allowed to take unpaid leave to engage in official activities on behalf of their labor groups, according...

VA Becomes the First Federal Agency to Publicly Post All Major Disciplinary Actions

July 7, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has begun publicly posting all major disciplinary actions taken against its employees, saying the action will send a message about the new culture the Trump administration is imposing at the agency. The postings are the first of its kind in the federal government, VA Secretary David...

Budget and Leadership Problems Plague 2020 Census, Raising Concern on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2017 It is getting into crunch time for the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 decennial headcount, and members of Congress and outside groups alike are expressing deep concern about the agency’s preparation. Key oversight lawmakers in both the House and Senate have sent letters in recent days seeking...