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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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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...

OPM to Pitch Free Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring for All Feds, Hacked or Not

July 9, 2015 All federal employees could soon receive a new automatic perk for doing their jobs: free credit and identity theft monitoring services. The Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday it will put forward a proposal to provide the benefit to all federal workers, whether or not they were affected by...

Second OPM Data Breach Hit 21.5 Million, Included Fingerprints

July 9, 2015 This story has been updated with additional information from union officials and lawmakers. 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...

New Bill Puts Focus on Improving Postal Workforce Morale

July 9, 2015 Whenever the U.S. Postal Service faces a crisis, it turns to a specific part of its business to make the requisite cuts: delivery to rural areas. So says a group of senators representing rural states. The senators introduced legislation on Thursday to reverse that pattern. The cuts, the lawmakers said,...

Lawmaker Pledges Legislation to Better Protect Hacked Feds as Another Union Sues OPM

July 8, 2015 This story has been updated. A Democratic senator will soon introduce legislation to give current and former federal employees, and other individuals affected by the breach of personal information maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, more protections from financial fraud than the government has already offered. A spokeswoman for...

Around Government

July 8, 2015 Defying Ranger Danger NPS’ Matt Hudson says he was just doing his job during a courageous nighttime rescue. After Matt Hudson received the call that his services were needed to rescue a man stuck on a rock amid Class IV rapids, he and his team—Brett Painter and Thomas Hall—had an...