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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.
Oversight

Immediate Sidelining of Trump Burrower by Biden Administration Was Appropriate, IG Finds

The official's hiring by the National Security Agency had generated significant concern, but a watchdog says the decision was above board.

Workforce

Meet the Federal Employees Who Will Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine

"There is no way I'm getting that shot:" some employees will leave their jobs if they cannot get around Biden's vaccine mandate.

Management

Postal Service Blames ‘Street Crime’ and Absenteeism for Mail Delays

Lawmakers are looking to make it harder for the agency to slow delivery in the future, while auditor says fixing current problems will be a significant challenge.

Management

U.S. to Avoid Default as House Passes Bill to Kick Crisis to December

Congressional leaders have yet to spell out how they will avoid potential delayed paychecks for feds in the long term.

Management

Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Cease Worksite Raids

Efforts to round up undocumented immigrants en masse waste resources, Biden administration says.

Workforce

COVID-19 Vaccination Deadline Arrives for 380K VA Employees. 45K Still Haven’t Said They’ve Gotten Shots.

The department is giving those employees 10 more days to prove they have been vaccinated or seek an exception before discipline begins.

Management

Senate Votes to Punt Debt Crisis to December After Lawmakers Strike Deal

Congressional leaders have yet to spell out how they will avoid potential delayed paychecks for feds in the long term.

Workforce

Federal Employee Appeals Board Now One Step Closer to Ending Years-Long Dysfunction

Biden's nominees to the Merit Systems Protection Board are now heading to the full Senate for a vote.

Management

A Debt Default Could Mean Furloughs or IOUs for Federal Employees

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what would happen to agency operations and employees' compensation if the Treasury is unable to pay all of its bills.

Management

Postal Service Launches Banking Pilot With Hopes to Expand in Early 2022

USPS is taking a limited approach in just four cities to start but is already engaged in expansion plans.

Management

Biden Signs Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

Lawmakers have punted the shutdown threat for nine weeks, but a potential debt default looms.

Pay & Benefits

Biden Administration Appears to Take a Furlough Approach Similar to Trump's as Shutdown Nears

The White House has yet to say if it will employ the same drastic tactics to keep some agencies fully operational during a funding lapse.

Management

Shutdown in Sight as Senate Rejects Stopgap Spending Measure

Republicans block short-term funding bill that would have also paused the debt ceiling.