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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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Some OPM Hack Victims Will Wait Four Months to Receive Notifications

August 5, 2015 The 21.5 million individuals whose background investigation data was compromised in the Office of Personnel Management database hack will have to wait up to four months to find out they were impacted by the breach, according to details of the pending contract the government sent out to contractors on Tuesday...

Navy Takes Charge in Finding a Contractor to Protect OPM Hack Victims

August 3, 2015 An arm of the Navy that typically deals with high-dollar contracts is taking the lead in the search for a contractor to provide protection services to victims of the Office of Personnel Management data hack. The General Services Administration, Defense Department and OPM have tasked Naval Sea Systems Command to...

More Delays Hold Back OPM Hack Victims From Receiving Protection Benefits

July 31, 2015 The 21.5 million victims of the breach of background investigation data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management will likely have to wait a bit longer than originally planned to receive their promised protection benefits. OPM, in conjunction with the General Services Administration and the Defense Department, has delayed formally...

Mail Will Soon Get Cheaper With USPS Rate Increase Set to Expire Next Spring

July 30, 2015 Mail will get a few cents cheaper next spring, as the U.S. Postal Service’s regulator has set a new cap on how much revenue the agency can earn from its emergency price increase before it must cancel the temporary rate. The Postal Regulatory Commission’s ruling will end the exigency rate...

Federal Employee May Have Been Cooking Meth at Government Agency’s Campus

July 30, 2015 A federal employee may have recently learned the hard way that cooking meth should be left to the chemistry experts. The FBI and a congressional committee are investigating whether a federal worker was manufacturing methamphetamine in a federal building after a room exploded earlier this month. After a July 18...

Did the EPA Cover Up a 'Predator Who Was Fed a Steady Diet of Interns?’

July 29, 2015 Three whistleblowers told a House committee on Wednesday of the Environmental Protection Agency’s inability to properly discipline an employee charged with sexual harassment and the retribution they faced for speaking out against that employee, while lawmakers took the occasion to once again call for federal agencies to fire more workers....

Lawmakers Want Federal Employees to Stop Harassing Interns

July 28, 2015 Interns are often the victims of opportunistic supervisors who require them to perform menial tasks without pay. They should not, however, be the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination. To that end, several Democrats have introduced separate bills on Tuesday to protect the budding workers in the Executive and Legislative...

Way More Feds Signed Up for Post-Hack Protections Than Anyone Anticipated

July 28, 2015 The contractor chosen by the Office of Personnel Management to provide protection services to victims of the initial breach of personnel files maintained by the agency took a lot of heat for its perceived customer service, though it may have actually altered the industry standard for performance. Prior the hack...

House-Backed Bill Orders a Hiring Spree to Fix Embattled Secret Service

July 27, 2015 The beleaguered Secret Service could soon hire 285 more employees to help plug the security holes that have plagued the agency in recent years, marking a nearly 5 percent boost of its workforce. The House on Monday passed the 2015 Secret Service Improvements Act, which would require the agency to...

Scott Walker: ‘Plenty’ of Federal Agencies Have 'Lived Past Their Usefulness'

July 27, 2015 Wisconsin governor and 2016 Republican presidential contender Scott Walker is steadfast in his desire to downsize the federal government, though so far his plan to do so is light on details. Asked by the Washington Examiner if he wanted to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, Walker said it was something...