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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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Why a Jeb Bush Presidency Could Mean Far Less Job Security for Feds

June 15, 2015 Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., officially joined the presidential fray on Monday, becoming the 2016 candidate with the most significant track record of reforming civil service laws and protections. Throughout his governorship, Bush called for government to be stripped to its essential core, and followed up the rhetoric with the...

The Air Force Is Trying To Get Some of Its Civilians To Leave

June 15, 2015 The Air Force began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian employees on Monday, the service has announced. The military branch called the decision necessary to meet the required 20 percent cuts to headquarters offices. The Air Force announced last year it would walk away from scheduled mandatory layoffs...

Air Force Civilians Receive Buyout, Early Retirement Incentives

June 15, 2015 The Air Force began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian employees on Monday, the service announced. The service called the decision necessary to meet required 20 percent cuts to headquarters offices. The Air Force announced last year it would walk away from scheduled mandatory layoffs in 2015, but...

Spying on Feds, Putting IRS Agents at the Border and Other Ideas From Presidential Hopefuls

June 12, 2015 The 2016 presidential contenders have -- throughout their political careers and in the opening days of their bourgeoning campaigns -- laid out some interesting proposals for restructuring the federal workforce. From extended pay freezes to eliminating agencies, government reforms have featured prominently in the candidates’ specific policy proposals. As the...

Every Current Federal Employee and Retiree’s Personal Info Was Compromised in Hack, Union Says

June 11, 2015 Every current federal employee and retiree was part of the 4 million workers whose personal information was compromised in the hack of Office of Personnel Management data, according to a union. American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox said in a letter to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta...

Why Credit Monitoring Fails to Address the Real Threat Facing Hacked Feds

June 11, 2015 In response to what was one of the largest data breaches in American history, the Office of Personnel Management has offered 4 million current and former federal employees free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance. That approach may completely miss the mark, experts say. Media reports and now lawmakers have...

Secret Service Places Dozens of Uncleared Agents at Sensitive Posts

June 10, 2015 The Secret Service failed to complete security clearances for newly hired agents posted in sensitive positions, the agency confirmed on Wednesday. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy confirmed the issue to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who had been investigating the problem based on a tip he had received. The story was...

OPM Leaves Lawmakers Searching for Answers on Hack

June 10, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management began sending out explanations this week to the 4 million federal employees and retirees affected by a data breach detected in April, but lawmakers are still asking many questions. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee panel on the...

Previously Concealed Misconduct Will Soon Become Public for Some Feds

June 9, 2015 Some federal employees’ dirty laundry will soon be aired to the public, under a new policy instituted by the Justice Department’s inspector general. The IG’s office notified members of Congress last week it would make public summary reports of misconduct by Justice senior management -- meaning employees at the General...

Expect a Fight From Federal Employee Groups Over OPM Hack Response

June 8, 2015 The federal government has said it will offer 4 million of its current and former employees free credit monitoring after their personal data was compromised by hackers, but workers could soon be fighting for more. The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled in a precedent-setting decision the U.S. Postal Service...