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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The Army Will Foot Much of the Defense Department’s Bill for the OPM Hack

August 25, 2015 Federal agencies have begun submitting proposals for how they will cover the costs of responding to the hack of background investigation data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, and for some it is coming with a hefty price tag. Last month, OPM notified agencies it would charge them for...

VA Cuts Disability Claims Backlog Below 100,000

August 24, 2015 For the first time since it began tracking the figure in 2009, the number of long-term outstanding disability claims at the Veterans Affairs Department has dipped below 100,000. VA trimmed the claims backlog to 98,535 last week, the department announced on Monday, marking an 84 percent reduction from its 2013...

TSP’s F Fund Spikes Amid Market Turbulence

August 24, 2015 With much of the market in free fall, the Thrift Savings Plan’s Fixed Income (F) Fund is performing particularly well, according to TSP’s governing agency. Perceived weaknesses in China precipitated a massive tumble in American and international markets in recent days, with the Dow Jones Industrial average dropping more than...

A Shutdown Threat, Trump’s Fed Hiring Spree and More From Presidential Candidates

August 21, 2015 For most 2016 presidential candidates, the critical day of the campaign is still several months away, with the first votes being cast in Iowa on Feb.1. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, however, appears to have a much closer date circled on his calendar, a date that federal employees are also keeping...

House Spending Bills Would Require $1.8 Billion in Across-the-Board Cuts, OMB Says

August 20, 2015 Civilian agencies face sequestration cuts of $1.8 billion in 2016 if lawmakers pass House spending proposals, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget. The proposed spending levels would trigger a sequester because they surpass the caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, OMB found....

How OPM Can Save the Federal Workforce

August 20, 2015 Federal employees have received a lot of negative attention lately, from lawmakers trying to crack down on bad apples at the Veterans Affairs Department and other scandal-ridden agencies, and from presidential candidates looking to show voters they can streamline the bureaucracy. Improving the federal workforce's image has long been a...

New Health Care Benefits, Another Hack Involving Feds and More

August 19, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service knows keeping track of all your medical records can be cumbersome, so it has an idea for how to organize them better: through the U.S. Postal Service. USPS plans to roll out a benefit called “Health Connect” next month as a pilot program for its own...

The Government Is Still Considering Better and Longer Protections for Hack Victims

August 18, 2015 The federal government is making progress on providing protections to 21.5 million victims of a hack of records maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, having received best offers from potential vendors, but it is simultaneously preparing to offer better benefits than those originally outlined. Naval Sea Systems Command, which...

Mail Delays Spike After the Postal Service Consolidates Facilities

August 18, 2015 This story has been updated with comments from the Postal Service. The Postal Service has increasingly missed its own delivery deadlines in 2015 despite loosening them at the beginning of the year, according to a new report. Delayed mail processing increased 48 percent in the first six months of the...

Top-Level Management Is More Democratic Than Rank-and-File Feds

August 17, 2015 Senior managers in the federal workforce are more likely to identify with the Democratic Party than those they supervise, and are far more approving of President Obama, according to a new survey. About half of GS-15 and Senior Executive Service respondents in a poll conducted by Government Business Council --...

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