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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.

Agencies across government send help as hurricane Ian slams Florida

FEMA says it has sufficient resources to handle the potentially catastrophic storm even as it tackles several crises simultaneously.

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Senate reaches deal to avoid shutdown

Lawmakers agree to drop controversial provisions, set up new deadline 10 weeks out for lame duck Congress.

Employee Policy

How DOJ plans to defend feds who face state prosecution for performing abortions

The Biden administration has laid out its legal rationale to ensure federal employees are shielded from state laws banning the care.

Employee Policy

Federal agencies are ignoring most building safety concerns flagged by DHS

Lawmakers raise concerns about the non-compliance in light of the recent uptick in threats against feds.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.

Employee Policy

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.