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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

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.

Policy

Warren Vows to Double the Number of Career Diplomats at State

Democratic candidate calls for massive overhaul to the State Department and how it manages its employees.

Policy

Trump Removes Top DHS Staff

The slew of departures, apparently without plan or precedent, drew bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

Threats

One in Five TSA Screeners Quits Within Six Months

TSA administrator says low pay is to blame and promises new compensation system soon.

Policy

Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid a 2nd Shutdown

They offered no details on the deal "in principle," but said they hoped to finalize it quickly.

Policy

The Cost of Trump’s Insistence on Border Wall: $3B in Economic Damage

The immediate hit to the economy is $11 billion in lost productivity, much of which will be recouped later this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Policy

Trump Announces Deal to End Longest-Ever Shutdown — For Now

Congress is expected to quickly pass a new stopgap spending measure to reopen the government through Feb. 15.

Policy

It's Official: Furloughed Feds Will Receive Back Pay Once the Shutdown Ends

Bill signed into law on Wednesday also will ensure retroactive compensation for furloughed feds in future shutdowns.