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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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Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

January 14, 2019 Airports across the country are scrambling to adjust to growing discontent among the federal employees that report to them, including increased no shows and protests inside the terminals. Call outs among Transportation Security Administration employees have jumped in recent days, as most workers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown...

From TSA Call Outs to FAA Protests, Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

January 14, 2019 Airports across the country are scrambling to adjust to growing discontent among the federal employees that work at them, including increased no-shows and protests inside the terminals. Call outs among Transportation Security Administration employees have jumped in recent days, as most workers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown have...

Saturday, the Shutdown Becomes the Longest Ever. And Illegal.

January 11, 2019 The federal government is poised to drag into its longest ever closure on Saturday, when the partial shutdown will enter its 22nd day. The shutdown is set to exceed the previous record-holder, the 21-day shutdown in 1995-1996. It also marked a key day for the more than 800,000 federal employees...

Furloughed Feds Poised to Receive Back Pay After House Sends Measure to Trump

January 11, 2019 About 350,000 federal employees currently on furlough are all but assured to receive back pay, with the House on Friday sending a measure to President Trump's desk to guarantee retroactive compensation once the partial government shutdown ends. Trump has indicated to lawmakers he will sign the legislation. The House passed...

Feds Impacted by Shutdown Can Roll Over 'Use-or-Lose' Leave, OPM Clarifies

January 10, 2019 Federal employees impacted by the partial shutdown can carry over their “use-or-lose” annual leave into 2019, the Office of Personnel Management clarified in new guidance this week, as long as the days off were scheduled prior to the closing of their agencies. Federal statute requires leave in excess of the...

‘Either Way I Don’t Get Paid:’ Excepted Federal Workers Ponder How Long They’ll Work Without Pay

January 9, 2019 Weston Szymanski has reported to his job at the Food and Drug Administration as normal since the beginning of the partial government shutdown. His wife, who also works at the FDA, an agency largely without appropriations despite being part of the otherwise fully funded Health and Human Services Department, is...

25K Feds Still Await Court-Ordered Payout From 2013 Shutdown

January 9, 2019 More than 25,000 individuals have been waiting for more than five years for monetary damages a court said they deserve because the federal government violated the law when it forced them to work without immediate pay during the 2013 shutdown. The government and plaintiffs were finally getting close to resolving...

In Primetime Addresses, Trump and Democrats Show No Progress Toward Ending Shutdown

January 9, 2019 A pair of primetime addresses from the White House and Capitol Hill demonstrated Republicans and Democrats have made little progress in negotiating a conclusion to the partial government shutdown, which will enter its 19th day on Wednesday. President Trump used an Oval Office address to continue to press for a...

In Primetime Addresses, Trump and Democrats Show No Progress Toward Ending Shutdown

January 8, 2019 A pair of primetime addresses from the White House and Capitol Hill demonstrated Republicans and Democrats have made little progress in negotiating a conclusion to the partial government shutdown, which will enter its 19th day on Wednesday. President Trump used an Oval Office address to continue to press for a...

As Jan. 11 Pay Deadline Looms, GOP Senators Express Increased Urgency in Ending Shutdown

January 8, 2019 More than 800,000 federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown are facing a key deadline this Friday, and it is one lawmakers are keenly aware of on both sides of the aisle. More than 350,000 federal workers are currently on furlough, a status most of them have held for...