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Eric Katz

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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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11 Major Agency Reforms in Trump’s Budget

5:50 PM ET President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget includes significant changes to federal agencies’ missions and functions, including an array of spending cuts and program eliminations. Many of those proposals are likely dead on arrival, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle already speaking out against various elements of Trump’s $54 billion...

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Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package

May 23, 2017 President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years. Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently...

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Trump Proposes Easier Firing, Job Cuts at Most Agencies

May 23, 2017 President Trump, in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, proposed slashing workforce rolls at nearly every federal agency and making it easier to fire poor performers. The blueprint would shed a net of just 1,000 federal workers next year, but that's only because larger reductions at most agencies would be...

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Trump to Propose $1.4 Trillion in Cuts to Non-Defense Agencies

May 22, 2017 President Trump, in budget documents to be released on Tuesday, will propose shrinking spending at non-defense agencies by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years, with his administration acknowledging it had to make many “hard choices” to fulfill a promise to deliver a balanced budget. The long-term spending projections make...

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EPA Spells Out Funding for Buyouts, Early Retirements

May 19, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency has set aside $12 million to provide financial incentives to employees to leave their jobs, taking the first step necessary to fulfill a commitment from President Trump to shrink EPA. Following guidance from the Office of Management and Budget requiring all agencies to map out civilian...

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House Democrats Promise Shutdown if Congress Pursues Trump’s Budget

May 18, 2017 House Democrats are sending an early message to Republicans: if you pursue President Trump’s budget legislatively, the government will shut down. Congress should raise spending caps equally for domestic and defense spending, House Appropriations Committee Democrats and other party leaders said Thursday. Trump has instead called for raising the defense...

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Support Grows for Bills to Boost VA Firing, Restrict Its Unions

May 17, 2017 An array of groups and lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, saying it would improve accountability efforts while maintaining important due process protections. VA officials also threw their support behind the measure during the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, though they...

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ICE Arrests Are Up Under Trump, But Deportations Are Down

May 17, 2017 The Trump administration has deported fewer people overall in the 100 days since the president signed an executive order calling for ramped up enforcement of immigration laws than over the same period last year, but related arrests increased dramatically according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE arrested more than 41,000...

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Senate Panel Clears Reform to Speed Hiring of Some Border Agents

May 17, 2017 Some applicants for Border Patrol positions could soon be eligible to skip the polygraph tests currently mandated for all potential hires, with a Senate committee approving a bill to expedite the hiring process in certain cases. The lie detector testing has come under scrutiny in recent months, as Customs and...

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Lawmakers Probe Reports of Sexual Assault, ‘Rape Tables’ in CBP Hazing

May 16, 2017 Lawmakers are attempting to get to the bottom of reported sexual abuse and “violent hazing” at a Customs and Border Protection outpost, responding to whistleblowers who recently came forward to a local news station. The accusations primarily concern activities at the Newark Liberty International Airport and reportedly involved forcible sexual...

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