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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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Critics Decry 'Propaganda' Posters in EPA Offices

January 26, 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency wants its employees to know it is proud of all they accomplished in 2017, even if that amounted to undoing the work they did in 2016. In an array of posters displayed at EPA offices across the country, the agency is applauding “a year of great...

Leaked Memo: Trump Admin to Boost Use of Private Prisons While Slashing Federal Staff

January 25, 2018 The Trump administration is following through on its promise to use more private contract prisons, with the Justice Department seeking to identify inmates to transfer out of government-owned facilities and to cut federal guard positions. The Bureau of Prisons has the stated goal of “increasing population levels in private contract...

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Reshape How Agencies Hire Some Employees

January 24, 2018 Several federal agencies could see their hiring mechanisms for certain civil service judge positions upended in a case the Supreme Court recently decided to hear. The case, Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, involves only administrative law judges at SEC, but attorneys representing the petitioners and legal experts said the...

Trump to Issue 2019 Budget and Workforce Cutting Plans on Feb. 12

January 24, 2018 President Trump will unveil his fiscal 2019 budget request on Feb. 12, one week after the White House is technically required to send the blueprint to Congress and just days after current appropriations are set to expire. The cause for the delay, according to the Office of Management and Budget,...

Yet Another Stopgap Funding Bill Likely in February, Lawmakers Say

January 23, 2018 In voting against a bill last week that would have avoided a government shutdown, many congressional Democrats said the need to provide federal agencies full-year appropriations motivated their decision. Stopgap bill after stopgap bill left key priorities unfunded, lawmakers said, and only a budget deal that raised spending caps and...

White House Says All Feds Should Expect to Return to Work Tuesday

January 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to reflect Senate and House passage of the continuing resolution. Federal employees should plan to report back to work as normally scheduled on Tuesday, the White House said Monday as a bill to re-open the government passed Congress. The end to a three-day shutdown appeared...

White House Says All Feds Should Expect to Return to Work Tuesday

January 22, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect Senate and House passage of the continuing resolution, language granting back pay to furloughed employees and a memo from OMB. Federal employees should plan to report back to work as normally scheduled on Tuesday, the White House said Monday as a bill to...

Senate Sends Bill to Reopen Government to the House

January 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate early Monday evening approved a bill 81-18 to end the government shutdown, providing a path forward to reopen federal agencies three days after they were forced to close. Many Senate Democrats who had withheld their support for a stopgap spending bill on Friday reversed course on Monday, acquiescing...

Government Set to Reopen After Congress Approves Spending Bill

January 22, 2018 The House and Senate early Monday evening approved a bill to end the government shutdown, providing a path forward to reopen federal agencies three days after they were forced to close. Many Senate Democrats who had withheld their support for a stopgap spending bill on Friday reversed course on Monday,...

Government Shuts Down After Senate Rejects One-Month Stopgap Spending Bill

January 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to...