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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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Trump Signs Spending Bill and Emergency Declaration, Avoiding Shutdown and Granting Pay Raise

February 15, 2019 President Trump on Friday signed into law a spending bill to avoid another partial government shutdown, ensuring full-year appropriations for all federal agencies, while also signing a national emergency declaration enabling him to move money from various accounts to boost funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said...

Winners and Losers From the Fiscal 2019 Spending Deal

February 14, 2019 The federal government is likely to avoid another partial shutdown. Lawmakers this week struck a bipartisan compromise to fund the agencies that have yet to receive full-year appropriations and the White House said President Trump would sign the measure on Friday. The bill largely rejects the dramatic cuts proposed in...

Federal Employee Appeals Board May Soon Finally Be Able to Hear Cases

February 13, 2019 The quasi-judicial board that rules on federal employees’ challenges to adverse personnel actions took a first step toward renewed relevance on Wednesday, as a Senate panel approved two of President Trump’s nominees to lead the agency. Those nominees will not receive final confirmation to the Merit Systems Protection Board, however,...

Trump Says He’s ‘Extremely Unhappy’ With Spending Agreement, Still Predicts No Shutdown

February 12, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Tuesday voiced his discontent with a bipartisan agreement struck by congressional negotiators to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, but still expressed optimism that agencies would not be forced to once again close their doors. Leaders from both parties in the appropriations committees in both...

Trump Says He’s ‘Extremely Unhappy’ With Spending Agreement, Still Predicts No Shutdown

February 12, 2019 President Trump on Tuesday voiced his discontent with a bipartisan agreement struck by congressional negotiators to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, but still expressed optimism that agencies would not be forced to once again close their doors. Leaders from both parties in the appropriations committees in both...

OPM Awards $416M Contract for Protection Services to Hack Victims

February 12, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management has awarded a new contract to provide more than 20 million hack victims with credit monitoring and identity theft protections, selecting the same company that has delivered those services for the last three years. The new ID Experts contract, which took effect Jan. 1, will...

OPM Awards $416M Contract for Protection Services to Hack Victims

February 12, 2019 The Office of Personnel Management has awarded a new contract to provide more than 20 million hack victims with credit monitoring and identity theft protections, selecting the same company that has delivered those services for the last three years. The new ID Experts contract, which took effect Jan. 1, will...

Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid a 2nd Shutdown

February 12, 2019 Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and Senate,...

Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid Another Shutdown

February 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and Senate,...

Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid Another Shutdown

February 11, 2019 Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and Senate,...