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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent

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

VA to Offer Abortions in Limited Cases

In a policy reversal, the department will allowing its doctors to terminate pregnancies caused by rape or incest, or that threaten the mother's life.

Policy

VA Is 'Closely Watching' the Fate of Abortion Access as It Weighs Offering the Service

The leader of the largest hospital network in the country says he has the authority to change the department's policy.

Threats

Climate Change Has FEMA Working Year-Round, Straining Its Workforce

Once just a few months long, "busy season" now lasts all year. That's hurting the volunteers and reservists who supply much of FEMA's surge capability.

Policy

Hiring for the Foreign Service Is Getting an Overhaul

The nearly 100-year-old test will play less of a role in picking candidates.

Threats

FEMA Sees ‘Mass Exit’ of Employees Amid Surge in Disasters

Even as its temporary workforce grows, its career staff are struggling to handle more than a thousand ongoing responses.

Policy

Court Hits Pause on Vaccine Mandate for DOD, Other Federal Employees

A judge said Biden overstepped his authority in imposing the mandate, which has led more than 97% of feds to get fully or partially vaccinated.

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.