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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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Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid Another Shutdown

February 11, 2019 Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and Senate,...

White House Says Shutdown Still 'On the Table' as Congressional Negotiations Stall

February 11, 2019 Negotiations to avoid another partial government shutdown stalled in recent days, according to the lawmakers leading those talks, increasing the likelihood of another impasse that forces much of the executive branch to once again close its doors. Appropriators discussing an agreement for border security funding—the lone unresolved piece in the...

White House Says Shutdown Still 'On the Table' as Congressional Negotiations Stall

February 11, 2019 Negotiations to avoid another partial government shutdown stalled in recent days, according to the lawmakers leading those talks, increasing the likelihood of another impasse that forces much of the executive branch to once again close its doors. Appropriators discussing an agreement for border security funding—the lone unresolved piece in the...

The Trump Administration Ignored Warnings From Career Officials About Family Separation Policy

February 7, 2019 The Trump administration took little effort to plan on an interagency basis for its policy to separate families at the border and ignored warnings about the consequences of that approach, officials told lawmakers on Thursday. The Homeland Security Department, in coordination with the Justice Department, began separating families in 2017,...

Republicans Blast Democrats' Effort to Boost Ethics in Government

February 6, 2019 Republican lawmakers on Wednesday condemned a Democratic bill that includes vast new oversight to ensure ethical behavior by federal employees, though their criticism focused primarily on other provisions of the sweeping reform package rather than those aimed at the civil service. Much of the commentary on the parts of the...

Trump Calls for Unity but Highlights Divisions That Sparked Shutdown

February 5, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Union address in which he called on lawmakers and Americans alike to transcend their differences and work together, though he focused on a number of divisive issues such as border security, regulatory rollbacks and government funding. Trump started and ended...

Trump Calls for Unity but Highlights Divisions That Sparked Shutdown

February 5, 2019 President Trump on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Union address in which he called on lawmakers and Americans alike to transcend their differences and work together, though he focused on a number of divisive issues such as border security, regulatory rollbacks and government funding. Trump started and ended...

Federal Agencies Can Fire Employees for Accidentally Using Marijuana, Federal Court Rules

February 5, 2019 Federal agencies can fire employees for failing a drug test, a federal court said in a recent precedent-setting ruling, even if the employees ingested the illicit drug by accident. Jeffrey Hansen was a information technology specialist at Customs and Border Protection who was removed from his job after testing positive...

Dozens of Shutdown-Impacted Workers Will Accompany Lawmakers to State of the Union

February 4, 2019 A number of lawmakers are using President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address to remind the nation why the speech is taking place this week and not on its originally scheduled date. At least a dozen members of Congress will bring a federal employee or contractor impacted by the...

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...