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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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Second OPM Hack Stole Data of 21.5M People, Including Biometric

July 9, 2015 Office of Personnel Management officials said on Thursday 21.5 million individuals were affected by a data breach involving security clearance files. The announcement provided the first significant details about the hack since OPM first revealed the breach June 12. OPM will provide a “suite of services” to individuals whose personal...

OPM to Pitch Free Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring for All Feds, Hacked or Not

July 9, 2015 All federal employees could soon receive a new automatic perk for doing their jobs: free credit and identity theft monitoring services. The Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday it will put forward a proposal to provide the benefit to all federal workers, whether or not they were affected by...

Second OPM Data Breach Hit 21.5 Million, Included Fingerprints

July 9, 2015 This story has been updated with additional information from union officials and lawmakers. Office of Personnel Management officials said on Thursday 21.5 million individuals were affected by a data breach involving security clearance files. The announcement provided the first significant details about the hack since OPM first revealed the breach...

New Bill Puts Focus on Improving Postal Workforce Morale

July 9, 2015 Whenever the U.S. Postal Service faces a crisis, it turns to a specific part of its business to make the requisite cuts: delivery to rural areas. So says a group of senators representing rural states. The senators introduced legislation on Thursday to reverse that pattern. The cuts, the lawmakers said,...

Lawmaker Pledges Legislation to Better Protect Hacked Feds as Another Union Sues OPM

July 8, 2015 This story has been updated. A Democratic senator will soon introduce legislation to give current and former federal employees, and other individuals affected by the breach of personal information maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, more protections from financial fraud than the government has already offered. A spokeswoman for...

Around Government

July 8, 2015 Defying Ranger Danger NPS’ Matt Hudson says he was just doing his job during a courageous nighttime rescue. After Matt Hudson received the call that his services were needed to rescue a man stuck on a rock amid Class IV rapids, he and his team—Brett Painter and Thomas Hall—had an...

House Approves Long Sought After Federal Hiring Reform

July 7, 2015 The House on Tuesday passed a bill to ease the transition from temporary employment to a full-time job for certain seasonal workers, marking a potential breakthrough in an issue lawmakers have attempted to address for more than two decades. The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which won unanimous support from...

USPS Contracted Services to Staples Illegally, Board Says

July 7, 2015 A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board delivered an initial ruling against the U.S. Postal Service for outsourcing some of its services, finding the agency failed to uphold its obligation to collectively bargain. USPS created a pilot program with Staples in 2013, in which postal services are being...

OPM's Return to Paper Security Clearance Processing Roils Contractors, Lawmakers

July 6, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has decided to take a step back in an attempt to move forward after hackers breached files containing sensitive data on millions of current and former federal employees, but some stakeholders are not fully on board with the plan. The agency sent an advisory last...

OPM Says More Hack Details Coming, But Notification of Affected Feds Could Lag

July 2, 2015 A lot of different figures have been thrown around to quantify the number of individuals affected by recent network breaches at the Office of Personnel Management. OPM itself has stuck to its initial 4.2 million estimate, which agency officials offered June 4 when they first announced OPM's records had been...