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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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USPS Offers Early Retirement to 26,000 Employees

January 8, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service is looking to shed thousands of employees in early 2018, offering early retirement incentives to 26,000 mail handlers and clerks. All employees who accept the offer must separate from the agency by the end of March. Eligible workers can also choose to retire by the end...

As New Deadline Looms, 25K Feds Await Court-Ordered Payout From Last Shutdown

January 4, 2018 More than 25,000 federal employees are still awaiting financial compensation for damages sustained during the 2013 government shutdown, nearly one year after a federal court ordered the payments. The delay, according to Heidi Burakiewicz, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the collective action lawsuit, has resulted from the government having...

VA Enables Vets to Discuss Marijuana Use With Doctors Without Losing Benefits

January 3, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is now allowing its doctors to discuss medical marijuana with patients, according to a new directive. The department’s physicians located in states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, which is still labeled a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, may consult with veterans about their...

Agencies Can Indefinitely Suspend Indicted Feds, Court Rules

January 2, 2018 Federal agencies may suspend indefinitely any employees potentially involved in a crime before they are found guilty, according to a new ruling, as long as they have been indicted by a grand jury. In Henderson v. The Veterans Affairs Department, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled...

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...