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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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VA Considers Hundreds of Building Closures, but Focus Is Not on Medical Facilities

May 4, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of unused or rarely-used buildings, the agency’s leader told Congress this week, saying he wants to work with lawmakers to unload them. VA Secretary David Shulkin made waves Wednesday for comments during a House Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in which he said VA had...

Senate Approves Omnibus to Avoid Shutdown

May 4, 2017 The Senate on Thursday approved 79-18 an omnibus spending bill to keep agencies open through September, which is now heading to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Agencies' funding is set to expire Saturday morning, but a shutdown will now almost certainly be avoided as the White House put out...

House Approves Shutdown-Averting Omnibus Spending Bill

May 3, 2017 The House on Wednesday approved 309-118 a negotiated agreement to fund agencies through September, sending the measure to the Senate for approval ahead of the looming shutdown threat. Lawmakers announced the omnibus appropriations deal, which would set spending levels on a line-by-line basis across government through the final five months...

Defense Ends Civilian Hiring Freeze, But Will Review 'Necessity' of Vacant Positions

May 3, 2017 The Defense Department has lifted its hiring freeze, several weeks after President Trump ended the moratorium across government, but the Pentagon is still taking a cautious approach to bringing in new employees as it prepares to reshape its operations. Defense Secretary James Mattis sent the memorandum to the department Wednesday,...

Federal Scientists March for Their Work, and Against Trump

May 3, 2017 In Mark Sims’ 30 years as an engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency, he never experienced anything like on April 22, when he and 100 of his colleagues joined thousands to stand up for the very essence of their professional lives: science. “The mood was pretty festive,” said Sims, who...

Trump: Country Needs 'a Good Shutdown' in September

May 2, 2017 President Trump on Tuesday suggested he would support a government shutdown this fall, despite his administration saying repeatedly in recent weeks such an outcome was never desirable. Trump, in a pair of tweets, said congressional negotiators only struck a deal on an omnibus spending bill to fund federal agencies through...

Winners and Losers in the Omnibus Spending Deal

May 1, 2017 Congressional negotiators have struck a deal to fund agencies through the end of the fiscal year and are expected to vote on it this week before a shutdown deadline Friday evening. President Trump signed a one-week stopgap continuing resolution last week to buy time to a reach a longer-term spending...

Poll: Feds Feel Disrespected by Trump, Give Him Low Approval Marks

May 1, 2017 Federal employees are not satisfied with their top boss, a new survey found, with just 37 percent expressing approval for President Trump. Nearly six in 10 federal employees said they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, according to a new poll from Government Executive Media Group’s research...

Congress Approves Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill

April 28, 2017 Both the House and Senate on Friday easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill, clearing the way to avoid a government shutdown. The Senate approved the measure shortly after the House as the midnight deadline approached. The continuing resolution will now head to President Trump, who is expected to sign...

Lawmakers Introduce One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

April 27, 2017 Congress is looking to delay by one week a potential government shutdown, saying it needs more time to iron out the details of a longer-term spending deal. Absent congressional action, agencies would run out of funding and be forced to shutter their operations starting Saturday. Republicans in Congress have proposed...