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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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Contractor Promises to Ramp Up Call Centers to Answer Questions on OPM Hack

June 19, 2015 CSID, the company hired by the Office of Personnel Management to provide credit monitoring to the millions of current and former federal employees affected by the recent data breach, is hiring more workers to staff a call center created to answer questions about the hack. Patrick Hillmann, a CSID spokesman,...

Overpaid Feds Inflating Housing Prices, Privatizing the VA and More Ideas From Presidential Hopefuls

June 19, 2015 This week saw new entrants to the 2016 presidential race and it also brought more details on one Democratic contender's vision of government. Hillary Clinton made a speech from New York City on Saturday to tell Americans what they already knew: she is running for president. In the speech, however,...

House Panel Backs Faster Mail, More USPS Facilities

June 18, 2015 A House committee on Wednesday advanced a measure to reinstate U.S. Postal Service delivery standards from 2012, which would effectively halt any of the agency’s desired facility closures. The provision was attached as an amendment to the financial services and general government appropriations bill after being introduced by Rep. Chaka...

OPM Chief Isn't Planning to Step Down Just Yet

June 18, 2015 Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta has no plans to step down from her post, despite the growing chorus of lawmakers asking her to resign in the wake of the massive data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of current and former federal employees. Rep. Ted Lieu,...

Lawmakers Renew Push to Streamline Federal Hiring

June 17, 2015 A bipartisan group of senators reintroduced a measure on Tuesday to improve federal hiring by allowing agencies to share information on job applicants, calling the reform a “common sense solution” to challenges with the federal recruitment process. Currently, agencies with similar hiring needs cannot share assessments of applicants with each...

OPM Will Soon Notify New Wave of Workers Their Data Was Hacked

June 16, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management will notify many more individuals their personal information was compromised than the 4.2 million current and former federal employees the agency initially informed, officials said on Tuesday. The timing of the second round of notifications, as well as the number of employees who will receive...

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...