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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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Here's What Incoming Democratic Leaders Have in Mind for Federal Agencies

November 12, 2018 As Democrats prepare to take control of the House in the 116th Congress, their leaders are promising a dramatic increase in oversight over an array of issues they say the Republican majority neglected to properly investigate. As ranking members become chairmen in committees across the lower chamber, Democrats will be...

VA Secretary Expects Budget Increase Despite Trump’s Order to Slash Spending

November 9, 2018 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department expects his agency will see its largest budget ever in 2020, despite a request from President Trump for all agencies to slash spending by 5 percent. Asked at a National Press Club event in downtown Washington on Friday if VA will be subject...

Here's Why Some Are Questioning the Constitutionality of Trump's New Acting AG

November 8, 2018 While President Trump clearly acted within his authority when appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, some legal scholars are criticizing the move by questioning the constitutionality of the underlying law. Whitaker, who replaced Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department on Wednesday after Trump asked for Sessions’ resignation,...

With Midterms Over, Lame-Duck Congress Now Turns to Avoiding a Shutdown

November 7, 2018 Leaders in Congress and the White House appeared at odds over government funding for the remainder of fiscal 2019, once again raising the possibility of a shutdown for many agencies across government. President Trump used his first public appearance after Republicans lost control of the House in the midterm elections...

What Democrats Winning the House Means for Federal Employees

November 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats on Tuesday won dozens of House seats across the country and will control the lower chamber in the next Congress, a result that promises a big impact on the jobs and compensation for federal employees. Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010, which...

What Democrats Winning the House Means for Federal Employees

November 6, 2018 Democrats on Tuesday won dozens of House seats across the country and will control the lower chamber in the next Congress, a result that promises a big impact on the jobs and compensation for federal employees. Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010, which...

Key Races for Federal Employees to Watch: The Results

November 6, 2018 Federal employees have a lot on the line in the midterm elections, most significantly who will control the 116th Congress and chair the oversight of the executive branch. Earlier this month we looked at 10 key races that could determine who is leading the legislative branch's watchdog efforts of the...

‘Fired Up’ Federal Employees Take Leave and Volunteer Nights to Get Out the Vote

November 5, 2018 Most nonpartisan forecasters are projecting a record turnout for the 2018 midterm election on Tuesday, and federal employees are aiming to make their contribution. Thousands of federal employees have spread across the country to knock on doors, make phone calls and otherwise encourage potential voters—and their own members—to go to...

EPA Tells Employees It Has 'No Tolerance for Racism,' After Series of Incidents

November 5, 2018 A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency sent a staff-wide email on Monday assuring employees that individuals responsible for a recent spat of racist messages at agency facilities would be held accountable for their actions. EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson sent the message after an unknown person wrote...

Judge Says Government Faces ‘Uphill Battle’ to Prove OPM Hack Victims Don’t Have Standing to Sue

November 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government was once again forced to defend itself against accusations of negligence and “reckless indifference” in allowing the personal information of millions of federal employees and other individuals to be hacked in 2015, with a federal court on Friday hearing oral arguments in an appeal of an ongoing...