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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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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...

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...