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

January 19, 2018 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...

White House Supports Back Pay for Feds Who Would Be Furloughed During Shutdown

January 19, 2018 The Trump administration is supporting back pay for federal employees set to be furloughed during a government shutdown, making the announcement just hours before a deadline for Congress to act to keep agencies open. The administration is seeking to limit the number of employees who would face an immediate furlough,...

With Shutdown Clock Ticking, Senators Point Fingers for Creating 'Governmental Chaos'

January 19, 2018 Democratic senators on Friday defended their strategy of withholding their votes from a stopgap spending bill as ultimately helping federal agencies, despite bringing the government within hours of a shutdown. The Senate has yet to develop a clear strategy to stave off an appropriations lapse at midnight, as the chamber...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect new Defense Department shutdown guidance. The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid furloughs come first thing Saturday—or, more realistically for most of them, come...

UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

January 19, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect new Defense Department shutdown guidance. The government is just hours away from seeing its funding expire, and Congress has yet to forge any clear path for how it will avoid a shutdown. For about 860,000 federal employees, that means they are facing unpaid...

Democrats Want to Spend $500M on a New, Non-Trump Backed DHS Hiring Surge

January 18, 2018 Several Democratic senators are seeking a hiring surge in a part of the Homeland Security Department they say President Trump has overlooked: the country’s ports of entry. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., this week introduced a measure to hire 500 new Customs and Border Protection officers annually until the agency is...

VA Begins Using Expedited Hiring Authority to Fill Array of Critical Positions

January 18, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department is opening up an array of job vacancies to a more expedited hiring process, using a new authority to fill longstanding openings. VA has received approval to move forward with direct hiring for 15 occupations deemed critical, the department’s secretary told senators at a hearing on...

Republicans Rally Ranks for Month-Long Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans have unveiled their stopgap measure to keep agencies funded through Feb. 16 and avoid a shutdown when the current spending measure expires Friday night. The month-long continuing resolution would be the fourth such temporary spending bill of fiscal 2018 and leave agencies without the certainty of full year...

Republicans Rally Ranks for Month-Long Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

January 17, 2018 House Republicans have unveiled their stopgap measure to keep agencies funded through Feb. 16 and avoid a shutdown when the current spending measure expires Friday night. The month-long continuing resolution would be the fourth such temporary spending bill of fiscal 2018 and leave agencies without the certainty of full year...