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Eric Katz

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.
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.
Management

Immigration Judges Sue Justice Department Over Gag Rule

The Trump administration is in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments, judges say.

Pay & Benefits

Furlough Notices in Hand, Citizenship and Immigration Employees Look for New Jobs

Facing at least 30 days without pay, employees are frustrated. "Like it or not, I have to go," one says.

Management

Lawmakers, Legal Experts Decry Federal Crackdown on Protesters as Unlawful

House committee holds hearing on controversial federal law enforcement tactics prior to Trump's church photo op.

Workforce

Trump Administration Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Reopen Federal Offices, GAO Says

Republicans say feds should swiftly go back to work: "It’s time to take our chances," one argues.

Management

ICE Struggles to Protect Detained Immigrants as Coronavirus Spreads in Its Facilities

Hundreds of employees are also calling out from work as they say physical distancing is impossible and personal protective equipment is in insufficient supply.

Management

Officials Detail Preparations for 'Inevitable' Coronavirus Surge This Fall

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others say their agencies are taking "financial risks" to pursue potential treatments and a vaccine, but will not compromise science.

Pay & Benefits

CBP Walks Back Furlough Threat

As many as 8,000 customs officers and other employees could be sent home without pay.

Oversight

DEA Failed to Properly Consider Risks When Laundering Money for Drug Traffickers

Drug enforcement agents routinely ignored oversight mechanisms while laundering millions for illicit organizations, IG finds.

Workforce

Supreme Court Ruling Cements, Expands Longstanding Protections for LGBTQ Feds

Sweeping nature of decision will make it harder for agencies to deny discrimination against gay and transgender employees.

Management

More than 60% of Recent Federal Employee Hires Left Within Two Years

Government should better track retention data to determine why employees, particularly disabled employees, leave at such a high rate, watchdog finds.

Workforce

DHS to Begin Sending Furlough Notices to 15,000 Employees Next Week

Immigration agency is set to start 30-day RIFs for three-quarters of its workforce next month absent congressional intervention.

Workforce

Black DOJ Employees Demand Action on Police Reform: We 'Will Not Be Silent'

Employee group calls for "swift action against bias, discrimination and misconduct" and condemns forceful action against peaceful protestors.

Workforce

Census Delays Create Uncertainty for Temporary Workers

Bureau faces a series of risks as it attempts decennial count during a pandemic.

Management

See Which Agencies Are Bringing Employees Back to the Office

As states lift stay-home orders, many federal offices are reopening. Here is a roundup.

Workforce

Democrats Push Body Cameras for Federal Officers as Part of Police Reform Legislation

Employees have mixed reactions to proposals, which include new use-of-force standards for federal law enforcement.