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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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Senate Sends Bill to Reopen Government to the House

January 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate early Monday evening approved a bill 81-18 to end the government shutdown, providing a path forward to reopen federal agencies three days after they were forced to close. Many Senate Democrats who had withheld their support for a stopgap spending bill on Friday reversed course on Monday, acquiescing...

Government Set to Reopen After Congress Approves Spending Bill

January 22, 2018 The House and Senate early Monday evening approved a bill to end the government shutdown, providing a path forward to reopen federal agencies three days after they were forced to close. Many Senate Democrats who had withheld their support for a stopgap spending bill on Friday reversed course on Monday,...

Government Shuts Down After Senate Rejects One-Month Stopgap Spending Bill

January 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to...

Government Shuts Down After Senate Rejects One-Month Stopgap Spending Bill

January 19, 2018 A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to...

White House Supports Back Pay for Feds Who Would Be Furloughed During Shutdown

January 19, 2018 The Trump administration is supporting back pay for federal employees set to be furloughed during a government shutdown, making the announcement just hours before a deadline for Congress to act to keep agencies open. The administration is seeking to limit the number of employees who would face an immediate furlough,...

With Shutdown Clock Ticking, Senators Point Fingers for Creating 'Governmental Chaos'

January 19, 2018 Democratic senators on Friday defended their strategy of withholding their votes from a stopgap spending bill as ultimately helping federal agencies, despite bringing the government within hours of a shutdown. The Senate has yet to develop a clear strategy to stave off an appropriations lapse at midnight, as the chamber...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect new Defense Department shutdown guidance. The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid furloughs come first thing Saturday—or, more realistically for most of them, come...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect new Defense Department shutdown guidance. The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid...

Democrats Want to Spend $500M on a New, Non-Trump Backed DHS Hiring Surge

January 18, 2018 Several Democratic senators are seeking a hiring surge in a part of the Homeland Security Department they say President Trump has overlooked: the country’s ports of entry. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., this week introduced a measure to hire 500 new Customs and Border Protection officers annually until the agency is...