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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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Key Races for Federal Employees to Watch: The Results

November 6, 2018 Federal employees have a lot on the line in the midterm elections, most significantly who will control the 116th Congress and chair the oversight of the executive branch. Earlier this month we looked at 10 key races that could determine who is leading the legislative branch's watchdog efforts of the...

‘Fired Up’ Federal Employees Take Leave and Volunteer Nights to Get Out the Vote

November 5, 2018 Most nonpartisan forecasters are projecting a record turnout for the 2018 midterm election on Tuesday, and federal employees are aiming to make their contribution. Thousands of federal employees have spread across the country to knock on doors, make phone calls and otherwise encourage potential voters—and their own members—to go to...

EPA Tells Employees It Has 'No Tolerance for Racism,' After Series of Incidents

November 5, 2018 A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency sent a staff-wide email on Monday assuring employees that individuals responsible for a recent spat of racist messages at agency facilities would be held accountable for their actions. EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson sent the message after an unknown person wrote...

Judge Says Government Faces ‘Uphill Battle’ to Prove OPM Hack Victims Don’t Have Standing to Sue

November 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government was once again forced to defend itself against accusations of negligence and “reckless indifference” in allowing the personal information of millions of federal employees and other individuals to be hacked in 2015, with a federal court on Friday hearing oral arguments in an appeal of an ongoing...

Judge Says Government Faces ‘Uphill Battle’ to Prove OPM Hack Victims Don’t Have Standing to Sue

November 2, 2018 The federal government was once again forced to defend itself against accusations of negligence and “reckless indifference” in allowing the personal information of millions of federal employees and other individuals to be hacked in 2015, with a federal court on Friday hearing oral arguments in an appeal of an ongoing...

Veteran Homelessness Drops 5 Percent

November 1, 2018 The population of homeless veterans decreased by more than 5 percent in the last year, the Trump administration announced on Thursday, and has dropped nearly in half since 2010. The number of homeless veterans had fallen for six consecutive years before ticking up slightly in 2017. The departments of Housing...

HUD, VA Efforts Lead to 5 Percent Reduction in Veteran Homelessness

November 1, 2018 The population of homeless veterans decreased by more than 5 percent in the last year, the Trump administration announced on Thursday, and has dropped nearly in half since 2010. The number of homeless veterans had fallen for six consecutive years before ticking up slightly in 2017. The departments of Housing...

The Midterm Race Where Federal Employee Issues Are Front and Center

October 31, 2018 As Democrats fight to take control of Congress from Republicans, an unusual issue is playing a decisive role in a key race that could determine control of the House: the federal workforce. Virginia’s 10th congressional district, currently represented by Republican Barbara Comstock, is one of the most hotly contested races...

VA and 11,000 Nurses Reach Impasse as Secretary Rejects Negotiated Contract Proposal

October 31, 2018 A group of 11,000 nurses at the Veterans Affairs Department has reached an impasse with the agency over its collective bargaining agreement, as the Trump administration has declined to sign off on a contract proposal structured by a third-party arbitrator and the department’s own negotiators. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie disapproved...

10 Midterm Races for Federal Employees to Watch

October 30, 2018 The midterm elections are just one week away and candidates are making their closing arguments to win over voters. Federal employees have a lot on the line in the election, most significantly who will control the 116th Congress and chair the oversight of the executive branch. Nonpartisan forecasters give Democrats...