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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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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,...

Obama Administration Releases Last-Ditch Effort to Fix Federal Hiring

November 1, 2016 The Obama administration is requiring federal supervisors take a more active role in the hiring process, issuing new guidance Tuesday it says will help agencies better recruit and assess top talent. The guidance was jointly issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management and...

As Many as 150K OPM Hack Victims Must Re-Enroll to Keep Protection Services

November 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editors note: OPM initially said up to 600,000 individuals whose personal data was compromised would have to re-enroll in identity protection services, but the agency on Nov. 4 said further review found that only 100,000 to 150,000 had signed up for protection services and would need to re-enroll to continue...

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