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Eric Katz

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Eric Katz
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.
Policy

On Deadline Day, 90% of US Feds Are COVID-Vaxxed

Of the 3.5 million government workers, about 5% are seeking exemptions and about 175,000 are facing disciplinary action.

Threats

DHS Tries to Root Out 'Domestic Violent Extremism' In Its Ranks

Department will work "with urgency and focus to address" insider threats, secretary says.

Policy

Only a Tiny Fraction of Sexual Assaults Against DoD Civilians Are Being Documented, GAO Says

Over a recent half-decade, DoD recorded 357 cases of sexual assaults that involved civilian employees. But a survey of employees indicated that thousands may have occurred.

Threats

Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking at Federal Agencies

More than 100,000 federal personnel have now tested positive for COVID-19, with some agencies experiencing acute upticks.

Policy

Feds Have Cut Anti-COVID Workforce By More Than 60%

As cases tick up nationwide, administration officials say they have demobilized feds as missions are completed.

Policy

Top Two Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, GAO Rules

Both acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and second in command Ken Cuccinelli were unlawfully appointed to their posts, watchdog says.

Threats

More Than 39,000 Federal Employees Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Nearly 1% of all federal personnel have contracted the novel coronavirus, with cases spiking in recent weeks at many agencies.

Ideas

Trump Admin Lacks Solid Plan to Reopen Federal Offices, GAO Says

Republicans say feds should swiftly go back to work: "It’s time to take our chances," one argues.

Threats

US Officials Detail Preparations for This Autumn's 'Inevitable' Coronavirus Surge

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others say their agencies will not compromise science in their pursuit of treatments and a vaccine.

Threats

Thousands of Federal Employees Have The Coronavirus

Many more are quarantined due to possible exposure as employees are on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 and providing essential services.

Threats

Federal Employees Worry Their Agencies Aren't Keeping Them Safe from Coronavirus

White House's "maximum telework" edict isn't helping those without computers, or the 85% of feds outside the DC area.

Ideas

Trump Freezes Hiring at Another DHS Agency

TSA is the second Homeland Security component agency to suspend taking on new employees.

Policy

DOD Is Punishing Whistleblowers More Often and with Impunity, IG Says

Lawmakers and advocates say Trump's attacks on the whistleblower that kicked off his impeachment will do long-lasting harm.

Policy

Lawmakers Expect a Stopgap Spending Measure to Avoid an October Shutdown

For the first time in decades, the Senate hasn’t marked up a single appropriations bill in subcommittee, a Democratic aide said.

Policy

State Dept. IG: Hiring Freeze Hurt Border Security, Counterterrorism, and Other Priorities

Imposed by Rex Tillerson soon after Trump took office, the 16-month freeze crushed morale and hindered operations, the inspector general found.

Policy

White House Pauses Some Diplomatic Spending

The move could provide a path for OMB to circumvent spending levels spelled out by Congress.