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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

Trump’s Dismissiveness of COVID Led to a ‘Lack of Action’ Across Federal Agencies, His Former Pandemic Response Leader Says

Deborah Birx details how she attempted to sidestep promotion of debunked science and potential political interference with scientific work.

Workforce

Lawmakers Look to Strip a Maligned Whistleblower Protection Office of Key Powers

Leaders insist the office is turning a corner, but lawmakers and advocates say its structure is fundamentally flawed and in need of reform.

Workforce

FEMA Chief Says Her Top Priority Is to Ensure the Agency has Adequate Staffing for Upcoming Emergencies

Employees and managers alike continue to warn lawmakers about the impact that growing demands will have on the agency's ability to respond to disasters.

Management

Biden Announces 'Unprecedented' Federal Deployments to Crack Down on Human Smuggling

The president also vows to dramatically increase refugee resettlements from the Americas despite his administration's failures to date.

Workforce

Congress Closes in on a Nearly $7B Investment in the VA Workforce and New Facilities

Pay raises, student loan repayment and new recruiting tools are part of the sweeping package as lawmakers prepare VA for a surge of new patients.

Oversight

A New Law Will Make It Harder to Escape Investigation By Leaving Federal Service

The measure will allow the Veterans Affairs Department IG to subpoena former feds and contractors.

Management

The Biden Administration Begins Shifting Asylum Determinations to Federal Officers

The policy is aimed at speeding up the process and taking some work away from the severely backlogged immigration courts.

Workforce

Feds' Vaccine Mandate Enforcement Could Be Days Away, but Agencies Are Not Yet Prepping

The clock is ticking on a federal court to either hear another appeal on Biden's mandate or allow the administration to resume suspensions and firings.

Workforce

Biden’s Board Appointees Promise to Finally Provide Feds ‘Extra Insurance’ Against Mistreatment

After five years, a restored Merit Systems Protection Board is setting new precedents with sweeping impacts for the civil service.

Workforce

Why Federal Agents Were the First on the Scene to Kill the School Shooter in Texas

Current and former officials explain why it is common for DHS personnel to respond in some local emergencies.