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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EPA Shifts Blame Away From Itself in Report on Toxic Water Blowout

August 27, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency employees missed some warning signs and failed to take certain measures to prevent the release of toxic water from a defunct mine in Colorado, the agency found in an internal report, but the EPA still said there was probably nothing it could have done to stop the...

OPM to Agencies: We're Here to Help

August 27, 2015 To Steve Shih, the challenges facing the federal government are only growing. They are becoming “exponentially more complex,” the deputy associate director of the Office of Personnel Management told Government Executive, and “global in nature.” On top of that, Shih said, they are occurring at an unprecedented rate due to...

Agencies Are Putting Their Employees at Risk for Tax Fraud, Senators Say

August 26, 2015 Federal employees are increasingly vulnerable to identity theft due to agency delays in submitting pay data to the appropriate tax agencies, according to Senate Finance Committee leaders. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote a letter this week to the four federal payroll processing centers...

Army Takes Biggest Hit In 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...

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...

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