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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.
Workforce

VA Says It's Providing a COVID-19 Test to Any Employee Who Asks. Employees Say That's Not True.

Employees were being denied tests as recently as Friday and a dozen workers said widespread testing is not available for staff.

Workforce

New Federal Workers More Likely to Be Fired After Filing Whistleblower Complaints

Between 17% and 69% of workers in their probationary period who filed whistleblower retaliation complaints were fired in 2018, GAO finds.

Workforce

Agencies Start Reopening Offices, Though Approaches Vary

VA, EPA and IRS are among the agencies bringing employees back to their offices despite worker anxieties.

Oversight

Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response

Measure would ensure special investigator has proper resources in light of Trump's recent IG firing spree, senator says.

Workforce

USPS Tests New Ways to Protect Employees From Coronavirus

Agency is seeking to ensure safety as many of the 17,000 workers it has quarantined return for duty.

Management

Don't Expect a Single Return-to-the-Office Day for Feds, White House Says

Recalling employees back to offices will vary across agencies and regions based on mission needs, official says.

Workforce

‘I Was Met With Indifference’: Whistleblower Testifies on HHS Leaders' Response to His Early Coronavirus Concerns

Former vaccine agency director removed from position after speaking out implores Trump administration to let federal scientists "speak truthfully without fear of retribution."

Management

USPS Board Again Loses Its Quorum Amid Further Leadership Turmoil

Turnover in the top ranks comes as House Democrats renew push to give cash-strapped Postal Service financial relief.

Management

Federal Officials Detail Steps Agencies Must Still Take to Help States Reopen

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others caution that reopening too soon would lead to more uncontrollable outbreaks.

Workforce

More Agencies Begin Delivering Masks, PPE to Employees

Deliveries mark a shift at agencies that initially banned masks or told employees they were on their own for protective equipment.

Management

USPS Sees Revenue Increase in Second Quarter, Warns Worst Is Yet to Come

Census mailing and package increases helped the Postal Service, but the agency says the bottom will soon fall out.

Management

New Postmaster General Met With Tepid Response From Mailers, Employees

Outsider appointment comes just days after postal board’s most experienced member resigned in protest.

Management

House Democrats Look to Limit Who Can Temporarily Lead Federal Agencies

Democratic leaders say Trump has harmed coronavirus response by exploiting vacancy law loopholes.