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Eric Katz

Senior Correspondent 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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Path for Agency Funding Unclear as Congress Begins Lame-Duck Session

November 14, 2016 Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to finish out their lame-duck session with votes on health care bills and a full slate of hearings scheduled. The top priority on the to-do list, however, remains keeping the government open past Dec. 9 when the current stopgap funding measure is set...

Union Argues Court Should Not Grant OPM’s Motion to Dismiss Hack Lawsuit

November 11, 2016 A federal employee union is fighting the federal government’s attempt to dismiss the group’s lawsuit seeking further remedies after a hack of data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal information of millions of current and former civil servants. The National Treasury Employees Union announced its suit...

There is a Precedent for Trump's Governmentwide Hiring Freeze

November 10, 2016 Donald Trump’s pledge to freeze federal hiring on his first day in office is both possible and with precedent, and likely to have far-reaching effects on federal agencies if implemented. President Ronald Reagan, as his first act after being sworn in as head of the executive branch -- and as...

Federal Employee Groups Disappointed but Not Dejected by Trump’s Election

November 9, 2016 Federal employees and their unions expressed disappointment with the results of the presidential election, but vowed to work with the incoming administration to protect their interests and enact positive change in government. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate “stupid people” from government and reduce the size of the federal...

Trump Upset Promises Massive Change in Government

November 9, 2016 Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, sending the Republican businessman to the White House as the first president-elect with no prior experience in government or the military. Trump’s unexpected victory sent shockwaves throughout the country and the world, and will likely do the same for federal agencies. Trump has...

Federal Employees Around the Country Mobilize in Support of Preferred Candidates

November 7, 2016 When Hillary Clinton spent one of her final days on the campaign trail stopping by a phone bank to encourage and thank her supporters for their volunteer work, it was no surprise she found some federal employees there on her behalf. Federal unions have mobilized their members across the country...

Fewer OPM Hack Victims Must Re-Enroll in Protection Services Than Originally Estimated

November 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management has issued a significant revision on the number of hack victims who will have to re-enroll to continue receiving credit monitoring and protection services, lowering estimates from 600,000 to between 100,000-150,000. Sam Schumach, an OPM spokesman, said the numbers have changed “given some additional context.”...

Fewer OPM Hack Victims Must Re-Enroll in Protection Services Than Originally Estimated

November 4, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management has issued a significant revision on the number of hack victims who will have to re-enroll to continue receiving credit monitoring and protection services, lowering estimates from 600,000 to between 100,000-150,000. Sam Schumach, an OPM spokesman, said the numbers have changed “given some additional context.”...

Ethics Rules Receive First Comprehensive Update in 35 Years

November 3, 2016 The federal agency tasked with preventing federal employees from engaging in unethical conflicts of interest has overhauled its basic guidelines, marking the first update of its general program regulations in 35 years. The Office of Government Ethics issued a final rule titled Executive Branch Ethics Program Amendments to update rules...

Council Vote Would Give Thousands of Feds Bigger Locality Pay Adjustments

November 2, 2016 The Federal Salary Council, which makes recommendations to the White House on federal employee pay issues, suggested in its most recent report lowering the threshold for adding more areas to existing localities, which would effectively boost pay for more employees. The council, made up union representatives and pay policy experts,...