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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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Federal Employees Rally to Highlight the Work They’re Not Doing During the Shutdown

4:34 PM ET During the ongoing partial government shutdown, federal employees fall into three buckets: those who are furloughed, those who are working without pay and those whose agencies are funded and are working—and receiving their paychecks—normally. Workers from all three of those buckets gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the 27th day...

It's Official: Furloughed Feds Will Receive Back Pay Once the Shutdown Ends

6:00 AM ET President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that guarantees about 350,000 furloughed federal employees back pay once the partial shutdown ends. The House and Senate last week passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for furloughed workers and mandates that the roughly 500,000...

Federal Agencies Recall Thousands of Furloughed Workers

January 16, 2019 House Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ latest gambit to reopen the government, while several agencies announced they would recall thousands of employees as they strap in for a long-term shutdown that has no end in sight. House Democrats attempted to pass a measure to open federal agencies through a stopgap...

As Congress Continues to Flounder, Agencies Begin Recalling Thousands of Furloughed Workers

January 16, 2019 House Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ latest gambit to reopen the government, while several agencies announced they would recall thousands of employees as they strap in for a long-term shutdown that has no end in sight. House Democrats attempted to pass a measure to open federal agencies through a stopgap...

Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters of Federal Workers Oppose Shutdown, Majority Oppose Wall

January 16, 2019 Federal employees remain overwhelmingly opposed to the partial government shutdown, according to a new poll by Government Business Council and GovExec.com, with 72 percent against it and just 21 percent supporting it. The results vary little from the last GBC/GovExec survey, conducted during the first week of agencies closing their...

9,000 Furloughed Federal Employees in D.C. Area File Unemployment Claims

January 15, 2019 Federal employees in the Washington, D.C., region are increasingly turning to unemployment benefits for a quick injection of cash, despite the likelihood that they will have to return the money once the government reopens. About 9,000 feds in Washington, Maryland and Virginia have filed unemployment claims, a right afforded to...

New Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters of Federal Workers Oppose Shutdown, Majority Oppose Wall

January 15, 2019 Federal employees remain overwhelmingly opposed to the partial government shutdown, according to a new poll by Government Business Council and GovExec.com, with 72 percent against it and just 21 percent supporting it. The results vary little from the last GBC/GovExec survey, conducted during the first week of agencies closing their...

From TSA Call Outs to FAA Protests, Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

January 15, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Airports across the country are scrambling to adjust to growing discontent among the federal employees that work at them, including increased no-shows and protests inside the terminals. Call outs among Transportation Security Administration employees have jumped in recent days, as most workers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown have...

Cabinet Secretary Blasts Federal Union for Using Veterans as Shutdown 'Pawns'

January 14, 2019 A Cabinet member condemned a federal employee union for using veterans as “pawns” in the partial government shutdown, saying the group was propagating a harmful myth about former military personnel in order to highlight the consequences of the ongoing budget impasse. The American Federation of Government Employees, and specifically one...

Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

January 14, 2019 Airports across the country are scrambling to adjust to growing discontent among the federal employees that report to them, including increased no shows and protests inside the terminals. Call outs among Transportation Security Administration employees have jumped in recent days, as most workers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown...