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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 Administration Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Reopen Federal Offices, GAO Says

Republicans say feds should swiftly go back to work: "It’s time to take our chances," one argues.

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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.

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More than 60% of Recent Federal Employee Hires Left Within Two Years

Government should better track retention data to determine why employees, particularly disabled employees, leave at such a high rate, watchdog finds.

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Census Delays Create Uncertainty for Temporary Workers

Bureau faces a series of risks as it attempts decennial count during a pandemic.

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See Which Agencies Are Bringing Employees Back to the Office

As states lift stay-home orders, many federal offices are reopening. Here is a roundup.

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See What the Federal Response to D.C. Protests Looks Like

The officers reportedly volunteered for the assignment and received training to deescalate tensions.

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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.