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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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Congress, White House Remain Sharply Divided Two Weeks From Another Shutdown

February 3, 2019 Lawmakers and the White House remain widely divided on key issues with just two weeks until another government shutdown, though President Trump this week expressed openness to an alternative path that would avoid yet again shuttering agencies. The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee formed as part of the deal that reopened...

Congress, White House Remain Sharply Divided Two Weeks From Another Shutdown

February 1, 2019 Lawmakers and the White House remain widely divided on key issues with just two weeks until another government shutdown, though President Trump this week expressed openness to an alternative path that would avoid yet again shuttering agencies. The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee formed as part of the deal that reopened...

ICE Regularly Covers Up 'Deficient Conditions' by Giving Waivers to Its Detention Contractors

February 1, 2019 Immigration and Customs Enforcement has routinely provided waivers to vendors that maintain detention facilities in violation of their contracts instead of punishing them, according to a new audit, with unpenalized infractions including those that “jeopardize the safety and rights of detainees.” ICE identified more than 14,000 violations at its contracted...

40K Feds Received Unemployment During the Shutdown. Now They Have to Pay It Back.

February 1, 2019 More than 40,000 federal employees applied for unemployment benefits during the partial government shutdown, according to new government data, all of whom will now be required to pay it back. The more than 350,000 federal workers who were sent home without pay during the 35-day shutdown were eligible to apply...

Democratic Plan to Give Feds Leave for Election Work Draws McConnell’s Ire

January 31, 2019 The top Republican in Congress blasted Democrats’ No. 1 legislative priority, calling their bill to reform elections and increase voting access a “power grab” because of the new perks it provides to federal employees. The 2019 For the People Act (H.R. 1) would, among an array of other changes, make...

NASA Employees Return to Flooded Space Center Post-Shutdown

January 31, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The partial government shutdown claimed millions of victims, from the federal workers who missed paychecks to the citizens who faced delays in critical services. In at least one case, federal office space itself suffered significantly. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employees returned to work this week with a surprise awaiting...

Trump Administration Issues Guidelines to 'Revolutionize' Private Sector Role in Veterans Health Care

January 30, 2019 The Trump administration has released new standards to give veterans access to private sector health care on the government’s dime, issuing guidelines that will expand the role of private providers in caring for former military personnel. Veterans living more than a 30-minute drive on average from the nearest Veterans Affairs...

NASA Employees Return to Flooded Space Center Post-Shutdown

January 30, 2019 The partial government shutdown claimed millions of victims, from the federal workers who missed paychecks to the citizens who faced delays in critical services. In at least one case, federal office space itself suffered significantly. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employees returned to work this week with a surprise awaiting...

Despite Threats, Feds Who Called Out During Shutdown Unlikely to Face Discipline

January 29, 2019 Federal employees forced to work without immediate pay during the partial government shutdown faced warnings of possible discipline if they called out instead of reporting to duty, but agencies now appear to have backed away from those threats. Employees at an array of shut down agencies increasingly told their employers...

Shutdown's Economic Impact? $3 Billion in Permanent Loss

January 29, 2019 The U.S. economy will suffer a permanent $3 billion hit as a result of the partial government shutdown, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, in large part due to lost economic activity by impacted federal employees. More immediate effects will be much more severe, with the economy...