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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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The Federal Agencies Americans Like the Most

January 2, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is the least popular federal agency in the country among more than a dozen included in a new survey, while the U.S. Postal Service earned the most positive reviews. The Secret Service saw the biggest gains in popularity since the last Gallup poll rating agencies in...

Feds Avoid Shutdown, But Larger Threat Looms in the New Year

December 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees narrowly avoided a shutdown this week, with lawmakers passing another short-term spending bill to tide federal agencies over into the new year until Jan. 19. Congressional negotiators still must reach a deal to raise budget caps that currently restrict the top-line spending levels for the remainder of fiscal...

Feds Avoid Shutdown, But Larger Threat Looms in the New Year

December 22, 2017 Federal employees narrowly avoided a shutdown this week, with lawmakers passing another short-term spending bill to tide federal agencies over into the new year until Jan. 19. Congressional negotiators still must reach a deal to raise budget caps that currently restrict the top-line spending levels for the remainder of fiscal...

Trump Signs Measure Delaying the Shutdown Threat Until January

December 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Friday signed a stopgap bill to fund government operations into January. The Senate and House passed the legislation late Thursday, a day before funding was to run out. The measure will extend the continuing resolution past its Friday deadline and provide fiscal 2017 funding levels across government...

Congress Sends Trump a Measure Delaying the Shutdown Threat Until January

December 21, 2017 The Senate and House have both passed a measure to keep federal agencies open past Friday, sending the stopgap bill to President Trump for his signature. The measure will extend the continuing resolution past its Friday deadline and provide fiscal 2017 funding levels across government through Jan. 19. The bill...

Congress Has a Plan to Avoid a Shutdown, But Is Still Working on the Votes

December 21, 2017 House Republicans have a plan to keep federal agencies open past Friday, but without Democrats on board they are having some trouble ensuring they have enough votes to avoid a government shutdown. The measure would extend the current continuing resolution past its Friday deadline and provide fiscal 2017 funding levels...

Congress Removes Some Roadblocks, But Path to Avoiding a Shutdown Still Unclear

December 20, 2017 Congressional Republicans on Wednesday appeared to clear some obstacles to keeping federal agencies open past Friday, but still have no immediate path forward just two days before the government would shut down. Tensions between the House and Senate were eased somewhat when senators pushing to fund subsidies to stabilize health...

Oversight Democrat Asks White House to Release Plans for 'Massive' Agency Downsizing

December 20, 2017 A key member of Congress is calling on the Trump administration to immediately release its plans to downsize the federal workforce, saying any widespread effort to hurt civil servants should occur in the spotlight. In September, agencies faced a deadline to turn in the final drafts of their reorganization plans,...

Trump Administration Seeks Outside Help to Hire 26,000 New Immigration Enforcement Personnel

December 20, 2017 Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking to contract with a private sector consultant to help bring on nearly 26,000 new employees over the next several years, creating optimistic annual objectives to meet and exceed President Trump’s agenda. The request for information comes as another Homeland Security Department component, Customs and...

Trump Administration Seeks Outside Help to Hire 26,000 New Immigration Enforcement Personnel

December 18, 2017 Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking to contract with a private sector consultant to help bring on nearly 26,000 new employees over the next several years, creating optimistic annual objectives to meet and exceed President Trump’s agenda. The request for information comes as another Homeland Security Department component, Customs and...