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Eric Katz

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.
Management

With Shutdown Deadline Looming This Week, Lawmakers Look to Buy More Time

Vote on a one-week funding extension is expected this week, ahead of Friday's deadline. Lawmakers could eventually end up including Covid relief in the package.

Management

Census Pulls Back on Year-End Delivery Commitment, Pushes Decision to Career Staff

Rushing in an effort to truncate the data processing timeline has "some risks," bureau official admits.

Management

'Nobody Knows What's Going On': Census Workers Decry Chaos as Trump Administration Challenges Court Order

Census enumerators say they have received inconsistent messages and workloads in recent days despite court order to keep count going.

Management

Court Orders Census to Continue Counting People Past Trump Administration's Sept. 30 Deadline

The bureau will have through Oct. 31 to finish its enumeration under the injunction, though an appeal is expected.

Management

'Perfect Storm' Threatens 'Major Institutional Defeat' for the Census, Top Watchdog Says

The decennial count is ahead of schedule overall, but a condensed schedule and hiring shortfalls are creating significant risks.

Management

Condensed Schedule and Staff Not Showing Up to Work Have Put the Census at Risk

Census has just a month to complete its count and the Government Accountability Office says it still faces significant challenges in collecting accurate data.

Health & Human Services

Federal Officials Detail Preparations for 'Inevitable' Coronavirus Surge This Fall

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others say their agencies are taking "financial risks" to pursue potential treatments and a vaccine, but will not compromise science.

Management

Here's What 12 Democratic Presidential Candidates Have to Say About Public Servants and Their Unions

All candidates at a union forum said they support federal legislation to ensure that public employees in every state have the right to join a union and bargain collectively.

Management

Federal Agencies Heads Are Shifting Power Toward States

Federal officials have had too much discretion to institute their personal policy preferences, administration officials say.

Management

Key Federal Agency Doesn’t Have the Staff to Oversee $35B in 2017 Hurricane Recovery Money

A slow process has led to four states and territories devastated by hurricanes receiving virtually none of the funds Congress appropriated.

Management

Congress, White House Remain Sharply Divided Two Weeks From Another Shutdown

President Trump suggests there could be another approach to avoiding another closing of agencies.

Management

Shutdown's Economic Impact? $3 Billion in Permanent Loss

During the longest-ever shutdown, federal agencies delayed a total of $18 billion in discretionary spending.

Management

Federal Agencies Recall Thousands of Furloughed Workers

While agencies like the FDA and USDA call some workers back to work without pay, House Democrats were unsuccessful in their bid to pass the latest proposal to temporarily fund the government.

Management

Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

Call outs among Transportation Security Administration employees have jumped in recent days.