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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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Trump Upends Homeland Security Department in Mass Removal of Top Staff

Experts and former officials call the bulk turnover unhealthy, unprecedented and "enormously disruptive."

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Trump's Top Budget Official Defends 2020 Pay Freeze to Congress

OMB chief pledges to work with agencies to develop performance and mission-based pay plans.

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New Pay Systems, More Temporary Employees Headline Civil Service Reforms in Trump’s Budget

Under a never-before-used provision of the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, the White House promises action on special pay systems this year.

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Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in Trump's 2020 Budget

Hiring surges, eliminated offices and more in the White House's latest budget blueprint.

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Trump Taps Former Labor Board Chairwoman to Lead OPM

Dale Cabaniss previously led the Federal Labor Relations Authority and spent more than 20 years overseeing civil service issues in the Senate.

Emerging Tech

Interagency Competition Seeks to Thwart Opioid Trafficking Through the Mail

Four agencies team up to offer $1.55 million in prize money for new tools and technology to solve long-running problem.

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Efforts to Modernize Forecasting Career Path Spark Debate at Weather Service

NWS is looking to make its employees more versatile, but unions suggest ulterior motives.

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Trump Says He’s ‘Extremely Unhappy’ With Spending Agreement, Still Predicts No Shutdown

Congressional leadership appears on board with the deal, though Trump would not commit to signing it.

Cybersecurity

OPM Awards $416M Contract for Protection Services to Hack Victims

The millions of federal employees and contractors using those services will see no disruption.

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Lawmakers Say They Have an Agreement to Avoid Another Shutdown

Negotiators say they have worked out disagreements on border spending, but they still have to win over Trump.

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Trump Calls for Unity but Highlights Divisions That Sparked Shutdown

In his state of the union address, the president praised the work of some federal employees, criticized others for misbehavior.

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NASA Employees Return to Flooded Space Center Post-Shutdown

Burst pipe spills water into lab, space hardware testing area and laser communications room.

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Feds' Lost Spending Will Contribute to Shutdown's $3B in Permanent Economic Damage

The immediate hit to the economy is $11 billion in lost productivity, much of which will be recouped later this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Trump Announces Deal to End Longest-Ever Shutdown — For Now

Congress is expected to quickly pass a new stopgap spending measure to reopen the government through Feb. 15.

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From TSA Call Outs to FAA Protests, Airports Are Feeling the Shutdown Pressure

Several airports are adjusting their operations to account for fewer security screeners showing up.

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Trump Threatens Year-Long Shutdown, Says Feds Don’t Mind Missing Paychecks

“The people that won’t get next week’s pay, or the following weeks pay, if you ever really looked at those people they’d say, ‘Mr. President please keep going,’” Trump said.