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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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Senate Panel Approves 10 Years of Protection Services for Hack Victims

July 23, 2015 A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure to give current and former federal employees and contractors affected by the hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management protection services for 10 years, more than three times longer than OPM originally offered. The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to...

Federal Employee Union Backs Out of Giving Donald Trump a Tour at the Border

July 23, 2015 A union representing federal employees has reversed course on giving a tour of its work area to Donald Trump, saying it does not want to give the appearance of an endorsement. The National Border Patrol Council’s Local 2455, which represents BP agents in Laredo, Texas, originally agreed to give the...

Senate Panel Advances Feds’ Pay Raise in Bill That May Also Increase Perks for Hack Victims

July 22, 2015 Another group of lawmakers declined to block a pay raise for federal employees next year, increasing the likelihood nearly all civil servants will receive the 1.3 percent salary bump recommended by President Obama. The Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Wednesday approved its fiscal 2016 spending bill,...

After Years of Cutting Funding, Republicans Seek to Privatize Part of the IRS

July 22, 2015 A new compromise package to fund the nation’s surface transportation projects would privatize a major function of the Internal Revenue Service, delighting Republican lawmakers looking to shrink the agency but rankling its advocates. The highway funding bill crafted in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Barbara...

Democrats Call for Immediate Negotiations to Stave Off Shutdown

July 21, 2015 The clock is ticking down until appropriations across federal government lapse, and House Democrats want to get the ball rolling on finding a solution to avoid a government shutdown. Agencies are only currently funded through September, and with Congress set to recess for the entire month of August, there are...

OPM to Charge Agencies for Services Offered to Hack Victims

July 21, 2015 This story was updated with additional comment from OPM. The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to pitch in to help pay for the credit monitoring services being offered to the 21.5 million individuals affected by the hack of background investigation data it maintains. OPM and the Interior Department...

Jeb Bush: Strip Feds of Automatic Pay Raises and Due Process

July 20, 2015 Jeb Bush on Monday outlined how he would overhaul the federal civil service if he is elected president, including a proposal to transform the pay raise system for all federal employees. Speaking at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., the former Florida governor said the current practice of awarding the...

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...