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Eric Katz

Staff Correspondent Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.
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Shrinking the 'Beast' of the Federal Workforce, and Other Ideas From the Campaign Trail

July 17, 2015 There are now more than 20 major candidates officially running for president in the 2016 election, and all of them have some ideas for making the federal government work better. They have incorporated those ideas, to varying degrees, in their campaign stops throughout the early primary states and in major...

Agencies Are Poaching Executives From Other Agencies to Avoid Messy Hiring System

July 16, 2015 Federal agencies are struggling to recruit employees from the private sector into their workforces, so they have turned to a new candidate pool: other federal agencies. Nearly half of career federal executives said they were approached about a job by an agency outside of their own between 2013 and 2014,...

USPS Can’t Afford to Reopen Facilities and Add Employees Like Congress Wants

July 16, 2015 A provision tacked on to a funding bill in Congress would force the U.S. Postal Service to spend $300 million next year on hiring more employees and reopening facilities, according to a new estimate. The House Appropriations Committee’s amendment would actually come with a price tag of more than $1...

House Panel Approves Bill to Ease Firing of 300K Feds

July 15, 2015 The House moved closer on Wednesday to stripping all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department of most of their due process rights, looking to expand a law enacted last year that applied only to VA’s senior executives. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the 2015 VA Accountability Act by a...

New OPM Chief Calls Anxious Lawmakers to Share Her ‘Enthusiasm’ for Fixing Agency

July 14, 2015 As the Office of Personnel Management weighs its options for pursuing a contractor, lawmakers are keeping the pressure on the new leadership at the agency to provide appropriate protections to victims of the hack of background investigation information it maintains. Newly appointed acting OPM Director Beth Cobert, who assumed the...

Feds’ Pay Raise Takes Unexpected Diversion

July 14, 2015 The fate of next year's across-the-board federal employee pay raise should have become much more clear this week, as House lawmakers had planned a vote on the legislation allowing the pay boost to take effect. As is often the case with issues important to the federal workforce, however, the bill...

How Scott Walker Could Bust Federal Employee Unions and Cut Feds’ Pay

July 13, 2015 Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., has made a name for himself by taking on public-sector employees. If elected president, the second-term governor -- who officially announced his campaign Monday -- has promised to bring those victories to the federal level. Asked in 2011 about the legacy of his now career-defining “right-to-work”...

Many Questions Remain About the Services That Will Be Provided to Hack Victims

July 10, 2015 The Obama administration has not yet selected a contractor to provide a “suite of services” to the 21.5 million individuals affected by the hack of background investigation details maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, nor does it know how much the services will cost. White House Press Secretary Josh...

Archuleta's Resignation Is Just the Beginning for OPM

July 10, 2015 Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday morning from her position as director of the Office of Personnel Management in the wake of new details that 21.5 million Americans’ personal information was compromised in a hack of data maintained by the agency. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a Friday briefing...

Second OPM Hack Stole Data of 21.5M People, Including Biometric

July 9, 2015 Office of Personnel Management officials said on Thursday 21.5 million individuals were affected by a data breach involving security clearance files. The announcement provided the first significant details about the hack since OPM first revealed the breach June 12. OPM will provide a “suite of services” to individuals whose personal...