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Eric Katz

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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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Agencies Start Reopening Offices, Though Approaches Vary

VA, EPA and IRS are among the agencies bringing employees back to their offices despite worker anxieties.

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Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response

Measure would ensure special investigator has proper resources in light of Trump's recent IG firing spree, senator says.

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Don't Expect a Single Return-to-the-Office Day for Feds, White House Says

Recalling employees back to offices will vary across agencies and regions based on mission needs, official says.

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More Than 10,000 Federal Employees Have Contracted COVID-19

The number of positive cases in the federal workforce has more than quadrupled since early April.

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Agencies Remind Employees to Remain Ethical During Pandemic

Think twice before accepting a gift from a grateful citizen or using your work computer for personal activities, agencies say.

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Coronavirus Response 'Likely' to Lead to IRS Backlogs, IG Says

Outstanding cases have already spiked due to shutdown, and now thousands of employees are home and not working.

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Thousands of Federal Employees Have Contracted COVID-19

Many more are quarantined due to possible exposure as employees are on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus and providing essential services.

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President Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus

Agencies will receive $340B, helping to boost hiring, telework and office cleaning.

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With Coronavirus Cases Spiking, VA Employee and Patient Cases on the Rise

Report finds testing, equipment and staffing shortfalls at VA facilities around the country.

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Stimulus Deal Gives Agencies $340B, Helping to Boost Telework, Office Cleaning and Hiring

A Senate aide says other House-backed provisions to give feds more benefits did not make into the final deal.

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House Dems Unveil Stimulus Plan Including Paid Childcare, Mandatory Telework and Bonus Pay for Feds

Measure comes with a $2.5 trillion price tag and includes provisions to rescind Trump's efforts to weaken federal employee unions.

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Agencies Request Funds for Emergency Boosts to Telework, Overtime and Hiring

The $46 billion White House request would also help bring home feds stationed abroad in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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White House Calls for 'Maximum Telework Flexibilities' for D.C.-Area Employees

It also gives agency heads more discretion to offer paid time off for those who cannot telework.

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Trump Administration Freezes Transportation Security Administration Hiring

TSA is the second Homeland Security component agency to suspend taking on new employees.

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Trump's Federal Personnel Point Person to Step Down

Margaret Weichert will leave the White House after nearly three years of pushing an aggressive agenda.