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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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OPM Proposal to Boost Max Pay for Top-Ranked Feds Draws Praise

February 22, 2017 Senior professionals at federal agencies would be eligible for higher pay if their appraisal system passes muster with the Office of Personnel Management, under a recently issued proposed rule. The rule would implement a law from 2008 and drew praise from the Senior Executives Association, which represents Senior Executive Service...

Trump to Issue First Budget in Mid-March, Promising ‘A Lot More With Less’

February 22, 2017 The Trump administration will deliver its first budget to Congress in mid-March, and the president confirmed Wednesday it will contain major cuts for federal agencies. Trump “inherited a mess” from the Obama administration, the president told reporters at the top of a meeting with newly sworn-in Office of Management and...

How Trump Will 'Take the Shackles Off' DHS Employees With New Immigration Policies

February 21, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has issued new guidance to implement President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security, giving several components more authority to enforce laws and hire new personnel. The memorandums by DHS Secretary John Kelly will “take the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol...

When Federal Agencies Can Decline to Ban the Box

February 17, 2017 Federal agencies can still ask job applicants for their criminal histories early in the process in certain circumstances, such as when onboarding will be unusually expensive, according to new guidance. The Obama administration in December finalized a rule to “ban the box” in federal hiring, preventing agencies from asking about...

Government Must Pay Damages to 25,000 Feds Who Worked During 2013 Shutdown

February 17, 2017 The government must compensate 25,000 federal employees for damages they incurred during the 2013 shutdown, a federal judge ruled this week in a case filed more than two years ago. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith ordered the compensation for the individuals who signed onto the collective action...

Republicans Defend Official Time but Say No One Should Use It Full Time

February 16, 2017 Lawmakers expressed at a hearing Thursday bipartisan acceptance for the utility of federal union members conducting representational activity on the taxpayers’ dime, but Republicans drew the line at those who do no government work whatsoever. Subcommittee leaders on the House Oversight and Veterans' Affairs panels promised reforms to the practice...

A New Trial Is Under Way for Occupiers of Federal Facility in Oregon

February 16, 2017 A new trial is under way for occupiers of a federal facility in Oregon, with the government adding new charges after the first group involved in the occupation was fully exonerated last fall. The Justice Department is bringing the charges, both felony and misdemeanor, against four defendants -- Jason Patrick,...

Who Is Most Likely to Leave Government During the First Year of a New Administration?

February 15, 2017 Federal agencies, encumbered by President Trump’s hiring freeze, may soon find expanding vacancies as employees head for the exits. About 6 percent of the federal workforce typically leaves government in the first year of a new administration, according to new academic research, and that number tends to climb in the...

Lawmakers Attempt to Add Veterans to Growing List of Hiring Freeze Exemptions

February 14, 2017 A group of 22 Democratic lawmakers is pushing for President Trump’s hiring freeze to exempt any veteran applying for a federal job. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., introduced a bill this week to allow federal agencies to bypass Trump’s memorandum instituting a moratorium on hiring if the applicant previously served in...

Chaffetz Pushes GSA for Answers on Trump’s Old Post Office Lease

February 10, 2017 The Republican lawmaker with primary oversight of the executive branch is asking the General Services Administration for specifics on how it will mitigate a potential violation on a lease President Trump holds with the government. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked...

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