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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D.C.-Area Feds Should Telework During Pope Francis’ Visit, OPM Says

September 2, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management does not want federal employees to add to the chaos that will result from Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., later this month, so it is encouraging employees in the region to stay out of their offices during his holiness’ three-day stay. Federal agencies will...

Government Awards $133M Contract to Protect 21.5M Victims of OPM Hack

September 1, 2015 The Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the General Services Administration, on Tuesday awarded a $133.3 million contract to Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC to provide protection services to 21.5 million OPM hack victims. The contract covers the first year of three years of ID theft...

Obama to Announce 'Robust' Senior Exec Reforms This Fall

September 1, 2015 The White House will unveil significant reforms of the Senior Executive Service later this fall, marking one of the Obama administration’s final attempts at improving management in the federal workforce. The Obama-created White House Advisory Group on Senior Executive Service Reform recently concluded its preliminary work and issued its proposals...

USPS Isn't Giving Up in Its Fight to Keep Stamp Prices High

September 1, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has filed yet another petition against the mandate that it end emergency price hikes, once again dragging out a process that has already lasted years. USPS made its filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Friday, just weeks after its regulatory body...

New Feds Will Default Into Riskier TSP Fund Starting Next Week

August 31, 2015 New federal employees will automatically see 3 percent of their paychecks deposited into a lifecycle fund of the Thrift Savings Plan beginning next week, the plan’s governing board has announced. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a final rule to note the default plan will change beginning Sept. 5....

Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds 1.3 Percent Raise in 2016

August 28, 2015 President Obama issued an alternative pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1.3 percent in 2016. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing a 1.3 percent boost in monthly basic pay...

Protecting Adulterous Feds, Boosting USPS and Other Ideas From Presidential Candidates

August 28, 2015 Most of the talk on the on the 2016 campaign trail has been about ways to fire federal employees and trim the bloated bureaucracy. This week, however, at least two presidential contenders took a different approach. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who made a name for himself through his advocacy for...

How the Postal Service Managed a Remarkable Response During Katrina

August 28, 2015 In the buildup and response to Hurricane Katrina, there is a lot the U.S. government got wrong. At the local, state and federal level, agencies' actions were uncoordinated, resources were mismanaged and communication was severely deficient. The U.S. Postal Service, however, avoided many of those pitfalls, navigating the disaster while...

EPA Shifts Blame Away From Itself in Report on Toxic Water Blowout

August 27, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency employees missed some warning signs and failed to take certain measures to prevent the release of toxic water from a defunct mine in Colorado, the agency found in an internal report, but the EPA still said there was probably nothing it could have done to stop the...

OPM to Agencies: We're Here to Help

August 27, 2015 To Steve Shih, the challenges facing the federal government are only growing. They are becoming “exponentially more complex,” the deputy associate director of the Office of Personnel Management told Government Executive, and “global in nature.” On top of that, Shih said, they are occurring at an unprecedented rate due to...

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