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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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EPA To Offer Employees Buyouts, Early Retirement This Year

April 19, 2017 This story has been updated. The Environmental Protection Agency will begin offering employees financial incentives to leave the agency this year, according to an internal memorandum obtained by Government Executive. As part of its efforts to meet the requirements of recently issued guidance from the Office of Management and Budget...

The House's Top Federal Agency Overseer Will Not Seek Reelection

April 19, 2017 The House lawmaker with primary oversight of the federal workforce announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2018. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he will rejoin the private sector, ending what will be a four-year tenure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz has...

Trump Cabinet Secretary Tells Lawmakers to ‘Shut Up’ and Support Front-Line Feds

April 18, 2017 A key member of President Trump’s Cabinet came to the defense of front-line federal employees Tuesday, telling members of Congress and the public to stop unfairly denigrating his workers for simply doing their jobs. Homeland Security Department employees have been “political pawns” in recent years, Secretary John Kelly said in...

Key Lawmakers From Both Parties Urge Trump to Fill Vacant IG Positions

April 18, 2017 President Trump should act immediately to fill vacant inspector general positions, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is urging. More than a dozen senators and House members signed their names to a pair of letters to the president, including the leadership of both chambers' executive branch oversight committees. The unfilled...

The Potential Pitfalls of Trump’s Plan for Agencies to Transform Themselves

April 17, 2017 President Trump has instructed federal agencies to revamp, streamline and ultimately downsize -- a task that could prove more difficult than Trump’s promise to simply “do more with less.” Agencies hold some authority to rearrange their priorities and structure, according to individuals with experience in reorganizing government, but several factors...

Some Agencies Are Extending the Hiring Freeze Trump Just Ended

April 14, 2017 The White House ended its governmentwide federal hiring freeze earlier this week, but some agencies said they would continue the freeze, at least for some period of time. The State Department announced Thursday that Secretary Rex Tillerson had extended the moratorium until it develops a plan to restructure itself. The...

Trump Administration Installs Loyalist to Repair Deficient VA Facility

April 13, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has for the second time in two days replaced the director of its medical facility in Washington, D.C., following a devastating report faulting the center for “serious and troubling deficiencies.” VA on Wednesday immediately relieved the medical center director, Brian Hawkins, of his duties, replacing him...

OMB Director: Shutdown Consequences Have Been ‘Blown Out of Proportion’

April 12, 2017 Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to reach an agreement on how to fund government and avoid a shutdown, though President Trump’s budget director is shrugging off such an outcome as inconsequential. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney advocated for a government shutdown as “good policy”...

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

April 12, 2017 The Trump administration announced its hiring freeze will end Wednesday, while delivering to agencies promised guidance on how they should reduce the size of their workforces in both the near and long term. Trump’s hiring freeze, which went into effect Jan. 23, lasted 79 days, with the Office of Management...

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

April 11, 2017 The Trump administration announced its hiring freeze will end Wednesday, while delivering to agencies promised guidance on how they should reduce the size of their workforces in both the near and long term. Trump’s hiring freeze, which went into effect Jan. 23, lasted 79 days, with the Office of Management...