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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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Army Ends $18,000 Child Care Subsidy for Civilians

February 22, 2019 The Army at the end of this month will stop subsidies for civilian employees enrolling their kids in child care, instead shifting those resources to military families. Currently, civilian employees without access to on-base child care can receive up to $1,500 per month for each child younger than 13 years...

Despite Hiring Increases, Vacancies at VA Continue to Grow

February 21, 2019 Job openings at the Veterans Affairs Department continued to climb to nearly 49,000 vacancies, according to the most recent agency data, despite a focus on hiring and net increases in staff. VA’s vacancies jumped by 5 percent from Sept. 30, 2018, to the end of the year, even while it...

Supreme Court Reaffirms States Cannot Discriminate Against Federal Retirees

February 20, 2019 The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a ruling with potentially far-reaching impacts for former federal employees, finding they should not face disparate tax treatment compared to their state counterparts. In an unanimous decision, the court said it had “little difficulty” ruling in favor of a U.S. Marshals Service retiree who...

Former VA Employee Receives 11-Year Sentence for Accepting Bribes and Defrauding Veterans

February 19, 2019 A former Veterans Affairs Department employee was sentenced last week to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting bribes to direct former military personnel to organizations fraudulently claiming to offer more training than was actually available. James King was a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program counselor and from...

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...