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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.
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Hundreds of feds sent to Puerto Rico, to help with hurricane response

FEMA already had a significant presence on the island due to ongoing recovery efforts.

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IRS has funding to hire tens of thousands. Can it do it?

IRS hiring has been thrust into the spotlight, but augmenting the agency's workforce is still far from guaranteed.

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Senators want to know how agencies are spending money to meet management goals

A new bipartisan bill would empower a central office to coordinate and track execution of the president's management agenda. Two senators, each from their separate side of the aisle, are digging into the issue.

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Lawmakers want to know if the Biden administration needs more money to protect feds

Amid rising threats, Democrats ask if DHS is doing enough to ensure federal employees are safe.

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Thousands of FDA employees could face furloughs or RIFs if Congress doesn't act soon

Congressional inaction would leave FDA's drug and biologics evaluation with limited capacity to function.

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VA to offer abortions in limited cases

In a policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs is following the Dobbs decision by allowing VA doctors to terminate pregnancies caused by rape or incest, or that threaten the mother's life.

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Climate-based trainings and performance plans are coming for federal employees

The Biden administration wants a workforce capable of helping it meet its sustainability goals.

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VA nurses stage demonstrations to protest understaffing

Employees are taking on more work than ever, causing burn out and high turnover. VA hopes new pay authorities will reverse that trend.

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Lawmaker pushes for legislative branch employees to get same rights as other feds

Congress should hold itself to the same employer standards as the rest of government, House member says.

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At least one major agency is still testing unvaxxed feds, defying White House policy

DOD says it is still trying to figure out how to implement the new policy within its unique workforce.

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The race to be the next House Dem overseeing feds has begun

The outgoing oversight panel leader who lost her primary had an extensive legacy with federal management issues, but at least one new contender also has established credentials.

Why USPS is disproportionately impacted by high inflation

The Postal Service is expected to pay out $1.1 billion more in cost-of-living adjustments this year.

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Republican senator implores Americans not to apply for new IRS jobs

New positions aimed at enforcing tax laws are immoral and will not last long anyway, the lawmaker suggests.

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The Biden Administration ends COVID-19 testing aimed at unvaccinated workers

Employees across the federal workforce will soon face the same safety protocols regardless of vaccination status.