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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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Ethics Rules Receive First Comprehensive Update in 35 Years

November 3, 2016 The federal agency tasked with preventing federal employees from engaging in unethical conflicts of interest has overhauled its basic guidelines, marking the first update of its general program regulations in 35 years. The Office of Government Ethics issued a final rule titled Executive Branch Ethics Program Amendments to update rules...

Council Vote Would Give Thousands of Feds Bigger Locality Pay Adjustments

November 2, 2016 The Federal Salary Council, which makes recommendations to the White House on federal employee pay issues, suggested in its most recent report lowering the threshold for adding more areas to existing localities, which would effectively boost pay for more employees. The council, made up union representatives and pay policy experts,...

Obama Administration Releases Last-Ditch Effort to Fix Federal Hiring

November 1, 2016 The Obama administration is requiring federal supervisors take a more active role in the hiring process, issuing new guidance Tuesday it says will help agencies better recruit and assess top talent. The guidance was jointly issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management and...

As Many as 150K OPM Hack Victims Must Re-Enroll to Keep Protection Services

November 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editors note: OPM initially said up to 600,000 individuals whose personal data was compromised would have to re-enroll in identity protection services, but the agency on Nov. 4 said further review found that only 100,000 to 150,000 had signed up for protection services and would need to re-enroll to continue...

As Many as 150K OPM Hack Victims Must Re-Enroll to Keep Protection Services

October 31, 2016 Editors note: OPM initially said up to 600,000 individuals whose personal data was compromised would have to re-enroll in identity protection services, but the agency on Nov. 4 said further review found that only 100,000 to 150,000 had signed up for protection services and would need to re-enroll to continue...

Feds Cautioned to 'Remain Vigilant' After Oregon Occupiers Acquitted

October 31, 2016 The Interior Department and its component agencies are warning federal employees to “remain vigilant” in the wake of a federal court jury acquitting the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and vowed to continue pressing for “some measure of justice” against the perpetrators of the 41-day standoff. Interior Secretary...

Poll: Feds Think Clinton Would Manage Government Better Than Trump

October 31, 2016 Federal employees think Hillary Clinton would be much more effective in managing agencies and their workforces than Donald Trump, according to a new survey, though it is not the issue that is likely to drive their final vote. Nearly six in 10 federal employees believe Clinton -- who spent four...

Just 65 Percent of Feds Commit to Staying During a Trump Administration

October 28, 2016 This polarizing presidential election has left many federal workers seriously rethinking their career choices. A Government Business Council/ GovExec.com survey found that 14 percent of federal workers say they would definitely consider leaving their jobs if Donald Trump wins the Nov. 8 presidential election. Another 13 percent said they might...

Clinton Significantly Widens Lead Over Trump Among Federal Employees, Poll Shows

October 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton has dramatically increased her lead over Donald Trump among the federal workforce, according to a new poll, with 53 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the Democratic presidential nominee compared to just 34 percent for her opponent. The Government Business Council/GovExec.com survey shows Clinton’s lead has...

Every Day, 24K Federal Retirees Reach a Busy Signal on OPM's Toll-Free Line

October 27, 2016 Federal retirees with questions about their benefits have long waits before receiving customer service, often encountering busy signals and facing months of delays to written inquiries, according to a new report. More than one in four phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management in fiscal 2015 from annuitants seeking...

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