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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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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...

Postal Service Cannot Keep Emergency Price Hike Forever, Court Rules

June 5, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service cannot indefinitely continue the emergency price increase that has been in place since January 2014, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The Postal Service asked for and instituted the exigency rate in 2013, citing the effects of the recession on its business to justify the...

Why a Rick Perry Presidency Could Send Some Feds to a ‘God-Awful Place’

June 4, 2015 Another day, another new presidential contender with radical ideas about reshaping the federal workforce. Former Texas governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry made his second bid for the nation’s top office on Thursday, with the familiar refrain of reducing the size of the federal government. “America is an...

Four-Year Pay Freeze, Workforce Cuts and Other Ideas From New Presidential Contenders

June 3, 2015 Five more presidential hopefuls have become official contenders in the last week, and with them come a slew of new ideas for reforming federal agencies and their workforces. Three Republicans threw their hats into the ring for the 2016 race: former senator and 2012 presidential contender Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; former...

Top Republican: Fire More Feds and Shrink the Workforce, But Pay Higher Salaries

June 2, 2015 Congress’ oversight leader promised on Tuesday to introduce more legislation to ease the firing of federal employees in the “coming weeks,” and suggested cuts to the size of the federal workforce in exchange for paying employees larger salaries. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at...