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 VA Team Could Bring Big Changes to Vets’ Health Care, Employee Rights

November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump is taking advice on how to run the Veterans Affairs Department from conservatives with ties to a group that has sought to drastically reduce the government’s role in providing health care to veterans. Trump on Tuesday named Darin Selnick, a senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America,...

Obama Seeks to Cement Agency Diversity Efforts Before Trump Takes Office

November 28, 2016 As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the executive branch, the Obama administration is looking to institutionalize the progress it has made in building diversity priorities into hiring and everyday government practices. The White House is hosting a multi-day event that kicked off Monday to share best practices...

Senator Requests Weekly Updates on Appointees Burrowing In

November 23, 2016 A Republican senator with the most direct authority over the federal workforce in the upper chamber is asking for regular updates from the Obama administration on political appointees who become career employees, adding another layer of executive and legislative branch oversight of the practice. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs...

Postal Reform Could Re-Emerge in the Lame Duck Congress

November 22, 2016 Lawmakers are preparing to bring renewed attention to U.S. Postal Service reform in the lame-duck session of Congress, though in a challenge that will sound all too familiar to advocates for change, scores of members from both parties are already sounding the alarm about their concerns with current legislation. A...

Trump Names Transition Leaders for Government Management Agencies

November 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named the leadership teams who will oversee his transition efforts at governmentwide management agencies. They include congressional aides and former top officials with both Bush administrations. Trump’s announcement comes as he deploys “landing teams” to domestic agencies to coordinate the president-elect’s efforts with the work...

Obama Freezes SES Hiring and Gives Appointees a Resignation Deadline

November 21, 2016 The Obama administration has issued a freeze on hiring new top career officials through the remainder of his presidency, effective Dec. 7, saying the pause will better empower President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees to influence their agencies upon taking office. The Office of Personnel Management will impose a governmentwide moratorium on...

How Trump Could Carry Out Mass Deportations

November 18, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump could find it quite easy to reverse Obama administration policies that have shielded certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. From there, however, things would likely get difficult pretty fast if he wants to make good on his promise to immediately deport several million illegal immigrants who are "criminals."...

Trump Sets Timetable for Agency Meetings, but Transition Efforts Have Already Fallen Behind Schedule

November 17, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has yet to send personnel to embed with agencies to gather information and share priorities, setting that effort behind the anticipated schedule created by good government groups working in conjunction with the Obama administration. Trump aides said the first batch of the so-called transition “landing...

Obama, Issuing Veto Threat, Tells Agencies to Continue Issuing 'Midnight' Regulations

November 16, 2016 The Obama administration will not constrain agencies from issuing new regulations during the president’s final months in office, despite outcry from Republicans to prevent any “midnight” rules. The House this week passed the 2016 Midnight Rules Relief Act to ease the process for Congress to overturn regulations submitted at the...

Despite $5.6B Loss in 2016, Postal Service Financial Outlook Improves

November 15, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service reported a $5.6 billion loss in fiscal 2016, despite claiming a controllable income of $610 million, with the net loss increasing by $500 million over the previous fiscal year. The agency cited $5.8 billion in congressionally required payments to prefund future retirees’ health care as responsible...

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