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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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Trump Cabinet Members Hear from Corporate Leaders on How to Reform Government

April 11, 2017 President Trump’s new office aimed at reforming the federal government held its first formal meeting on Tuesday, with the White House hearing ideas from private sector leaders on improving agencies' performance. Several members of his cabinet, including Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, and CEOs from more than...

GAO to Review Ethics, Funding of Trump Transition

April 11, 2017 The federal government’s internal auditor is commencing a review of President Trump’s transition into office, examining potential conflicts of interest, contacts with foreign government and funding sources. The Government Accountability Office is launching the review after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., requested it. GAO will determine...

Trump’s EPA Consolidation Begins

April 10, 2017 The Trump administration is beginning to follow through on its promise to shrink the footprint and mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, eliminating an office and looking to rein in its regulatory agenda. EPA is shuttering its climate adaptation headquarters office, saying its responsibilities can be carried out at the...

Republicans and Democrats Look to Preserve, Expand Obama Hiring Rule

April 7, 2017 As Republicans in Congress have used their authority to unwind about a dozen Obama-era regulations, some in the majority party are now looking to ensure one rule from the former president is permanently added to federal law. A bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to codify an Obama regulation...

Federal Auditor Considering Review of Trump Hiring Freeze Effectiveness

April 6, 2017 The federal government’s chief auditor is determining whether it will assess the costs and pitfalls of President Trump’s federal hiring freeze following a request for the investigation from two Democratic senators. The Government Accountability Office should examine savings or losses from the freeze, the impact of the freeze on agencies’...

Civil Service System Is an Outdated Relic, But Congress Should Tread Carefully

April 6, 2017 A Senate panel that has promised bipartisan civil service reform heard from agencies and good-government groups on what those changes might look like at a roundtable discussion Thursday, though many of the proposals put forth suggest that management action would be far more important than anything Congress would enact. All...

Congress Votes to Extend Troubled VA Private Care Program

April 5, 2017 The House on Wednesday passed a measure to extend a struggling program to provide more veterans access to private care on the government’s dime, which will now head to President Trump for his signature. The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, which the Senate approved earlier this week, would attempt to...

DHS Secretary Promises 'Better Pay Systems, Better Benefits'

April 5, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is looking for way to reform the pay structures at its various agencies, its new secretary told a Senate committee Wednesday, saying the current system is too fragmented. The department will attempt to “unify” the array of pay systems in place at components such as Customs...

Few Details Emerge on Trump's Workforce Attrition Plan, but Past Proposals May Offer Clues

April 4, 2017 The Trump administration is offering few details on the nature of the attrition plan it has promised to deliver in a little more than two weeks, but the man heading the initiative may look to his own past to draw inspiration in his effort to reduce the size of the...

Trump Donates First Three Months of Salary to Federal Agency

April 3, 2017 President Trump will donate the first three months of his salary to the National Park Service, the White House announced Monday. The donation will provide $78,333.32 to the agency. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer formally presented the check to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke and Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent of...

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