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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Citing Porn Watcher, VA Secretary Begs Congress for More Firing Authority

April 3, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department should be able to fire any employee caught watching pornography at work immediately, according to its recently sworn in secretary. The request comes after a Houston-based medical center employee was found, after a “through [sic] internal review,” to have viewed pornography while with a patient. The...

Trump Begins Naming Lower Level Management Nominees

March 31, 2017 President Trump on Thursday nominated two more appointees to serve in his administration, one as a top ranking Veterans Affairs Department official and another to head Customs and Border Protection. Trump put forward more than two dozen names in March to serve in deputy, assistant and under secretary roles, as...

Should Federal Police Take Their Service Guns Home With Them?

March 30, 2017 A senator wants the U.S. Postal Service to allow its internal police to carry their government-issued firearms even when off the clock, saying it would help keep the officers safe. The Postal Inspection Service’s uniformed police officers currently must lock their guns at their duty locations at the end of...

Deal to Avoid Shutdown Isn't Likely to Include Trump's Proposed 2017 Cuts

March 29, 2017 Republicans in Congress are indicating they will deal with President Trump’s request to cut a total of $18 billion from most non-defense agencies separately from the looming shutdown fight, saying they will handle the White House’s funding proposal another time. Federal agencies are funded on a continuing resolution through April...

Trump Instructs Federal Agencies to Stop Considering Climate Change

March 28, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday overturning a requirement that federal agencies consider climate change in their operations, saying it would reduce regulation and create jobs. Trump’s action repealed an executive order signed by President Obama in 2013 that aimed to “enhance climate preparedness and resilience” at federal...

Federal Agencies Are Spending More on Employees Conducting Union Activities

March 28, 2017 Federal agencies spent $162.5 million paying employees to engage in union activity rather than their normal federal jobs in fiscal 2014, according to a report, up more than 3 percent compared to two years earlier. Employees spent a total of 3.47 million hours on official time in fiscal 2014, an...

Trump Pledges New Office to Bring Business Innovation to Government Operations

March 27, 2017 This story has been updated with details from Trump's presidential memorandum. The Trump administration is launching a new office to spur innovation in government operations, the White House announced Monday, promising to give business acumen a more prominent role in federal activities. President Trump tapped Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and...

With Potential 2017 Cuts Looming, OPM Updates Furlough and RIF Guidance

March 24, 2017 The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts leave the fates of hundreds of programs and even entire agencies hanging in the balance next year, but agencies could face severe cutbacks more immediately. The White House suggested an additional $18 billion in reductions to non-defense discretionary spending for the rest of fiscal...

Lawmakers, Officials Agree Being Alive Shouldn’t Be Sole Factor for Defense Promotions

March 23, 2017 The Defense Department needs more training for employees and better tools to reward top performers, lawmakers and former top Pentagon officials said at a Senate hearing Thursday. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pledged to develop legislation to reform the personnel system. Senators on the Armed Services Committee called...

Postal Service Asks Its Regulator to Stop Regulating Its Prices

March 23, 2017 The Postal Service is looking to replace the middleman that sets the prices for its products, requesting instead that it hold the power to set rates on its own. The proposal would eliminate the rate cap set by the Postal Regulatory Commission since 2006, put in place to protect USPS...

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