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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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Senate Rejects Two Bills to Reopen Government in First Votes to End Shutdown

January 24, 2019 The Senate on Thursday rejected two measures to reopen government, the first votes the chamber has held to end the partial government shutdown since it began 34 days ago. Both bills, one endorsed by President Trump and favored by Republicans and the other supported primarily by Democrats, received a majority...

Senate Rejects Two Bills to Reopen Government in First Votes to End Shutdown

January 24, 2019 The Senate on Thursday rejected two measures to reopen government, the first votes the chamber has held to end the partial government shutdown since it began 34 days ago. Both bills, one endorsed by President Trump and favored by Republicans and the other supported primarily by Democrats, received a majority...

It's Not Just TSA: Call Outs, Resignations Plague a Range of Shuttered Agencies

January 24, 2019 The Transportation Security Administration has drawn widespread coverage for the higher-than-usual call out rate of its workforce, which is set to miss its second paycheck due to the partial government shutdown in the coming days. TSA is just one of many agencies dealing with call outs and, in some cases,...

Reversing Course, Trump Admin Allows Feds Working Through Shutdown to Take Leave Without Penalty

January 23, 2019 The Trump administration is providing significantly greater flexibility to federal employees working without pay during the shutdown, appearing to walk back guidance it issued last week that sought to crack down on employees calling out of work while they are not receiving paychecks. The new guidance, issued Wednesday by the...

Agencies Are Shutting Down More Activities, Furloughing More Workers as Funds Run Dry

January 23, 2019 While the Trump administration has recently called tens of thousands of furloughed employees back to work unpaid, the unprecedented length of the current partial government shutdown is now forcing home many employees that had been working. That number is likely to continue to grow as agencies that had leftover appropriated...

Senate Republicans to Hold First Vote to Reopen Government and Give Feds a Raise

January 22, 2019 Senate Republicans this week will for the first time hold a vote to reopen all of government after a month of a partial shutdown, though House Democrats are pushing their own plan and neither one is likely to make it to President Trump’s desk. The Senate released a plan to...

Second Furlough Notice and Another Missed Paycheck Appear Likely for Shutdown Feds

January 18, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Early next week will mark a new set of key deadlines in the partial government shutdown, with significant implications for the more than 800,000 affected federal employees. By Monday, the shutdown will have dragged past the 30-day marker. That means the furlough notices most federal workers currently sent home without...

Second Furlough Notice and Another Missed Paycheck Appear Likely for Shutdown Feds

January 18, 2019 Early next week will mark a new set of key deadlines in the partial government shutdown, with significant implications for the more than 800,000 affected federal employees. By Monday, the shutdown will have dragged past the 30-day marker. That means the furlough notices most federal workers currently sent home without...

Federal Employees Rally to Highlight the Work They’re Not Doing During the Shutdown

January 17, 2019 During the ongoing partial government shutdown, federal employees fall into three buckets: those who are furloughed, those who are working without pay and those whose agencies are funded and are working—and receiving their paychecks—normally. Workers from all three of those buckets gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the 27th day...

It's Official: Furloughed Feds Will Receive Back Pay Once the Shutdown Ends

January 17, 2019 President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that guarantees about 350,000 furloughed federal employees back pay once the partial shutdown ends. The House and Senate last week passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for furloughed workers and mandates that the roughly 500,000...