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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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Federal Hiring Reform Bill Heads for Obama’s Signature

August 7, 2015 The Senate this week passed a bill to ease the transition from temporary employment to a full-time job for certain seasonal workers, sending the reform to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. Congress’ bipartisan approval marked a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have attempted to address...

Here's Everything Feds Need to Know About Thursday's GOP Debates

August 6, 2015 The 10 Republicans atop the polls for the party’s nomination for president in 2016 took to the debate stage in prime time Thursday, where they discussed a variety of issues and traded some pointed barbs. On several occasions, candidates addressed issues related to civil servants and the size of the...

Lawmaker Calls for More Heads to Roll at OPM Amid Alleged Interference With Hack Investigations

August 6, 2015 A lawmaker is calling on a member of the Office of Personnel Management’s leadership to resign in relation to the hacks of data maintained by the agency and its ensuing response, but the leader is defiantly promising to stay on. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. OPM Chief...

Higher Medicare Premiums for Former Feds, Another Crack at Lifetime Credit Monitoring and More

August 5, 2015 Some federal retirees could soon see a major uptick in their Medicare premiums thanks to a loophole that fails to protect them from low inflation rates. Because inflation is currently low, there is no cost-of-living adjustment set to kick in for federal retirees or Social Security recipients in 2016. When...

The Federal Government Expects to Spend $500M on Post-Hack Benefits by 2020

August 5, 2015 The federal government spelled out in a request for submissions from contractors how it plans to respond to future hacks of personnel data, a tacit acknowledgment no amount of system security bolstering can effectively prevent breaches from happening altogether. The General Services Administration on Tuesday evening put forth a request...

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...