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Eric Katz

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.
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.
Management

Agencies Across Government Are Sending Help as Hurricane Ian Slams Florida

FEMA says it has sufficient resources to handle the potentially catastrophic storm even as it tackles several crises simultaneously.

Management

Senate Reaches a Deal to Avoid a Shutdown, Punts Threat for 10 Weeks

Lawmakers agree to drop controversial provisions, set up new deadline for lame duck Congress.

Management

The Path to Averting a Shutdown Is Still Unclear, With Just Days Until the Deadline

The Senate is set to vote on a continuing resolution Tuesday that would fund agencies for 10 more weeks, but includes provisions many lawmakers oppose.

Management

This is How DOJ Plans to Defend Feds Facing State Prosecution for Performing Abortions

The Biden administration has laid out its legal rationale to ensure federal employees are shielded from state laws banning the care.

Management

Federal Agencies Are Ignoring Most Building Safety Concerns Flagged by DHS

Lawmakers raise concerns about the non-compliance in light of the recent uptick in threats against feds.

Management

Border Patrol Agents Cut Corners on Migrant Processing as Numbers Spiked

DHS remains ill-prepared for properly handling unusually high numbers of migrants, IG says.

Management

Lawmakers Are Setting a Tight Schedule to Avoid a Government Shutdown

Senate Democrats plan to unveil a bill Wednesday, but will hold off on a vote in an effort to rally support for it.

Management

A Pair of Senators Wants to Know How Agencies Are Spending Money to Meet Management Goals

A new bipartisan bill would empower a central office to coordinate and track execution of the president's management agenda.

Workforce

IRS Has the Funding to Hire Tens of Thousands. Can It Actually Do So?

IRS hiring has been thrust into the spotlight, but augmenting the agency's workforce is still far from guaranteed.

Workforce

Lawmakers Want to Know if the Biden Administration Needs More Money to Protect Feds

Amid rising threats, Democrats ask if DHS is doing enough to ensure federal employees are safe.

Workforce

A Space Workforce Initiative Launches Amid Concerns NASA Has Insufficient Staffing for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA first identified its failure to plan for its workforce needs over the long term in 2016, but has yet to address the issue.

Management

USPS Could Lose Its Relatively New Authority to Raise Rates Above Inflation Under a New Bill

Lawmakers question the need for the authority, as well as Louis DeJoy's plans to consolidate mail sorting operations away from post offices.

Management

Biden Administration at Odds With the IG Over the Scrutiny Afghans Received Before Entering the U.S.

DHS cannot be sure it properly screened the evacuees, the IG said, raising the possibility it admitted "criminals, suspected terrorists or other nefarious actors."

Workforce

Thousands of FDA Employees Could Face Furloughs or RIFs if Congress Doesn't Act Soon

Congressional inaction would leave FDA's drug and biologics evaluation with limited capacity to function.

Management

VA to Offer Abortions in Limited Cases

In a policy reversal, the department is following the Dobbs decision by allowing VA doctors to terminate pregnancies caused by rape or incest, or that threaten the mother's life.