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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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Trump Calls for 'Reskilling' Federal Workforce, Firing ‘Overhaul’ and Reducing Union Influence

February 12, 2018 President Trump proposed major reforms to the civil service in his fiscal 2019 budget request, focusing on streamlining the hiring and firing process, transitioning current employees to new federal jobs and minimizing the influence of labor groups. The blueprint largely did not spell out the specifics in these areas, but...

White House Will Revise Its 2019 Funding Request In Response to Budget Deal

February 9, 2018 When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law Friday morning, he apparently consigned legions of budgeteers at the Office of Management and Budget to hours of weekend overtime. Because the law blows through the spending caps imposed on agencies under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the administration must...

Postal Service Profits Again Tumble During Holiday Season

February 9, 2018 The Postal Service’s earnings during the busy holiday season fell once again in fiscal 2018, with controllable income dropping by nearly one-third and leading to a net loss of $540 million. The mailing agency saw a controllable income—in which USPS excludes items that are out of management's hands, such as...

Short-Lived Shutdown Sparks Confusion Across Federal Agencies

February 9, 2018 The short-lived shutdown caused mass confusion across federal agencies Friday morning, as employees awaited the official green light from the White House to resume their work. Government funding lapsed for about five hours Thursday evening and into Friday morning, but agencies did not receive word to reopen for several more...

After Last-Minute Drama, Congress Passes a Government Funding Bill

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It was an unexpected nail-biter: After a short “technical” shutdown, Congress early Friday passed a measure that would raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years. The vote came hours after appropriations expired at midnight, shuttering agencies for the second time in three weeks after Sen. Rand...

After Last-Minute Drama, Congress Passes a Government Funding Bill

February 9, 2018 It was an unexpected nail-biter: After a short “technical” shutdown, Congress early Friday passed a measure that would raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years. The vote came hours after appropriations expired at midnight, shuttering agencies for the second time in three weeks after Sen. Rand...

Government Funding Expires, But White House Expects ‘Short-Technical Lapse’

February 9, 2018 Congress allowed appropriations to lapse Thursday evening, though agencies may be spared from closing their doors due to an imminent budget agreement. An official in the Office of Management and Budget said the administration had prepared for funding to expire, but called the current situation a “short-technical lapse.” The lapse...

Shutdown Looms as Congress Hits a Snag in Passing Budget Deal

February 8, 2018 The Senate on Thursday hit a speed bump in its effort to pass a measure that would avoid a shutdown this evening and raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years, putting agencies at risk of shuttering their doors for the second time in three weeks. The...

Allegations of Rampant Sexual Harassment and Rape Roil Federally Run College

February 8, 2018 In August 2016, ReGina Zuni found herself working in a windowless room on the campus of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. The ceiling was cracked and falling. Loose wires hung along the walls. The administrative support assistant at the federally funded, Interior Department-run community college in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been...

Senate Leaders Announce Two-Year Budget Deal to Boost Spending by $300 Billion

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional leadership on Wednesday reached a bipartisan spending agreement that would set top-line funding levels for all federal agencies for the next two years, increasing spending at defense and non-defense agencies by a total of $300 billion. The deal would stave off a shutdown by punting the deadline for six...