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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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Trump Promises to Transform Government by Putting the American People First

January 20, 2017 In a decidedly populist inaugural address, President Donald Trump vowed to lead a government that would benefit and protect all Americans rather than the establishment concentrated in the nation’s capital. Shortly after being sworn in, Trump said he would diminish the power of those in Washington, D.C., in favor of...

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Here Are the Officials Who Will Lead Federal Agencies Come Friday

January 19, 2017 In December, as is customary, President Obama asked every one of the political appointees in his administration to offer their resignations, effective Jan. 20. Virtually none of those positions will be filled in the opening days of the Trump administration, creating potential vacancies at the top of every agency in...

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Inside How Federal Agencies Will Operate in Trump's First Days

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is sending more than 500 temporary political appointees to federal agencies across government and retaining more than 50 appointees nominated by President Obama, according to a spokesman, as part of an effort to be “locked and loaded” on day one. Deploying temporary Schedule C employees to agencies,...

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Trump Promises Federal Agency Thank You Tour

January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is planning to tour federal agencies throughout government to thank employees for their service, a spokesman said Thursday. Trump recognizes the sacrifices those in public service make, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, and will make it a priority to thank them. He said the...

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Trump’s Interior Nominee Pledges to Eliminate Sexual Harassment at Department

January 18, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department pledged during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday to eradicate harassment among his future employees, calling it a drag on morale. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., the Interior secretary-designate, promised to institute a “zero-tolerance” policy on issues of sexual assault. The National Park...

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One-Third of Feds Won't Commit to Staying During Trump Administration

January 18, 2017 Less than two-thirds of the federal workforce is firmly committed to staying on the job following the election of Donald Trump as president, according to a new survey. More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when...

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Nearly 60 Percent of Federal Employees Disapprove of Trump’s Transition

January 17, 2017 The majority of federal employees disapprove of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition process, according to a new poll, and just one-third think he will be at least partly effective at managing government. Nearly six in 10 federal workers expressed disapproval of Trump’s transition in a Government...

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House GOP Warns Agencies Against Accelerated Hiring in Anticipation of Trump's Freeze

January 13, 2017 The lawmaker with chief oversight responsibility of federal agencies is warning them against binge hiring out of fear of a hiring freeze under the incoming Donald Trump administration. Leaders of 18 Cabinet-level agencies received a letter this week from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, saying a looming freeze did not entitle...

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Cobert to Trump: Focus on ‘Holistic’ Civil Service Reforms, Not Hiring Freeze

January 12, 2017 President Obama’s federal personnel chief is optimistic the reforms the administration has put into place are so ingrained in the way agencies do business that they will carry on well into the future, though she expressed concern President-elect Trump’s proposed hiring freeze will undermine the smooth functioning of government. Acting...

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Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Promises Efficiencies Among Civilian Workforce

January 12, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s likely Defense Department secretary pledged on Thursday to trim the size of the bureaucracy at the Pentagon, but said the cuts should be based on practical assessments rather than arbitrary figures. James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps General and former commander of U.S. Central Command, said he...

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