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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.

Birx: Trump’s dismissiveness of COVID led to a ‘lack of action’

Former pandemic response leader Deborah Birx details how she attempted to sidestep promotion of debunked science and potential political interference with scientific work.

Benefits

Supreme Court: VA need not reconsider benefits decisions, even after misinterpreting law

Opponents call it "inexcusable" to deny a veteran a new hearing after VA admitted it made a mistake.

FEMA chief says her top priority is to ensure the agency has adequate staffing for upcoming emergencies

Employees and managers alike continue to warn lawmakers about the impact that growing demands will have on the agency's ability to respond to disasters.

WH: 'Unprecedented' federal deployments announced, to stem human smuggling

The Biden administration is assigning hundreds of ICE personnel and others to the task, and also vows to dramatically increase refugee resettlements from the Americas despite his administration's failures to date.

Pay

Congress nears $7B investment in VA workforce, new facilities

Pay raises, student loan repayment and new recruiting tools are part of the sweeping package as lawmakers prepare VA for a surge of new patients.

Employee Policy

Feds' vaccine mandate enforcement looms, but agencies are not yet prepping

The clock is ticking on a federal court to either hear another appeal on Biden's mandate—or allow the administration to resume suspensions and firings.

Employee Policy

Biden’s MSPB picks promise to provide feds ‘extra insurance’ against mistreatment

After five years of its absence, a restored Merit Systems Protection Board is setting new precedents with sweeping impacts on the civil service.

Employee Policy

Lawmakers push to protect frontline feds as opioid seizures skyrocket

Seizures of the potentially lethal substance by federal personnel has quadrupled in the last two years.

USPS plans to close more facilities, repurpose those that remain

As controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeks to implement his vision, new confirmed board members could tip the scales for USPS governance.

Employee Policy

House backs new federal offices to stop domestic terror and extremism in government

The measure's future beyond the House is unclear, as Republicans decry what they see as bureaucracy and federal overreach.

Employee Policy

Most VA employees say they were not emotionally supported during pandemic

With turnover at the agency soaring, the front-line staff were largely unaware of VA's offerings to support employee well-being, new survey finds.

Employee Policy

State Dept. says it's rebuilding, but will fall short on some goals

After the department was "decimated" under the last administration, State is looking to fill vacancies and fix budget shortfalls.

Employee Policy

WH confident agency staffing is adequate to handle expected increase of migrants

DHS is hiring contractors, deploying staff and engaging with other agencies, but says it will not sacrifice any part of its mission.

The Biden administration is overhauling hiring for Foreign Service applicants

The nearly 100-year-old test will play a less significant role in selecting qualified candidates.

Employee Policy

WH taps federal resources to expedite Ukrainian entry to U.S.

Feds across multiple agencies are working to fulfill the administration's goal of allowing 100,000 Ukrainians to enter the country.