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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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Poll: Federal Employees Overwhelmingly Oppose Shutdown, Only 30 Percent Support Wall

December 31, 2018 More than seven in 10 federal employees oppose the current partial government shutdown, though some civil servants support President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border so strongly they are willing to see agencies shutter. About 71 percent of federal workers oppose the shutdown—which crawled into its 10th day on...

Agencies to Start Increasing Furlough Numbers as Shutdown Drags On

December 28, 2018 Federal agencies will start furloughing additional employees as soon as next week, with the number of employees being sent home without the promise of back pay likely to continue to climb the longer the partial government shutdown drags on. About 328,000 federal employees are currently on furlough, according to the...

Signs Point to Extended Shutdown With No Deal Emerging

December 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional negotiators and the White House remained at a standstill during the sixth day of a partial government shutdown that has sent home hundreds of thousands of federal employees without the promise of retroactive pay. Lawmakers appeared to make no progress toward reopening the slew of agencies that have been...

Signs Point to Extended Shutdown With No Deal Emerging

December 27, 2018 Congressional negotiators and the White House remained at a standstill during the sixth day of a partial government shutdown that has sent home hundreds of thousands of federal employees without the promise of retroactive pay. Lawmakers appeared to make no progress toward reopening the slew of agencies that have been...

As Furlough Notices Hit Inboxes, Trump Says Feds Support a Shutdown

December 26, 2018 As hundreds of thousands of federal employees spend their holidays wondering when they will next report to work and if they will miss a paycheck, President Trump has claimed those workers have reached out to him with a special message: we don’t mind. About 350,000 federal employees are currently on...

Senate Passes Bill to Guarantee Furloughed Feds Back Pay

December 21, 2018 The Senate on Friday passed legislation to ensure federal employees facing furloughs during a potential partial government shutdown are guaranteed back pay once the government reopens. About 345,000 federal workers are set to be furloughed if Congress fails to act by midnight; those employees would not receive back pay for...

Still No Deal Imminent as Shutdown Appears Likely

December 21, 2018 Congress appeared headed for a shutdown Friday evening as lawmakers and the White House failed to reach an agreement with just hours until many federal agencies were set to close their doors. A breakthrough appeared possible Friday afternoon, as Senate leadership from both parties said they had reached an agreement....

‘Confusion’ and ‘Surprise’: How Agencies and Employees Are Gearing Up for a Shutdown

December 21, 2018 Impacted federal agencies were preparing for a government shutdown on Friday, with different offices taking different approaches as they readied furlough notices and other formal procedures that occur during an appropriations lapse. Some agencies will not notify workers until Wednesday that they are not in “exempt” status—and therefore will be...

Despite Looming Freeze, Last-Minute Bills to Give Feds Extra Pay Gain Steam

December 20, 2018 Dozens of lawmakers from both parties do not want to take any chances in ensuring federal employees are taken care of during a shutdown, pushing legislation that would guarantee back pay for anyone furloughed during an appropriations lapse. Sixty-six members of Congress have already signed on to the Federal Employee...

Lawmakers Scramble Unsuccessfully to Include Federal Pay Raise in Senate Spending Package

December 19, 2018 A handful of senators late Wednesday scrambled to try to ensure that federal workers would receive a pay raise in 2019 if Congress is able to pass a shutdown-averting, stop-gap funding bill acceptable to President Trump. Roughly one-third of federal agencies are scheduled to lose funding after Friday. On Wednesday...