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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Agencies Are Putting Their Employees at Risk for Tax Fraud, Senators Say

August 26, 2015 Federal employees are increasingly vulnerable to identity theft due to agency delays in submitting pay data to the appropriate tax agencies, according to Senate Finance Committee leaders. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote a letter this week to the four federal payroll processing centers...

Army Takes Biggest Hit In OPM Hack

August 25, 2015 Federal agencies have begun submitting proposals for how they will cover the costs of responding to the hack of background investigation data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, and for some it is coming with a hefty price tag. Last month, OPM notified agencies it would charge them for...

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The Army Will Foot Much of the Defense Department’s Bill for the OPM Hack

August 25, 2015 Federal agencies have begun submitting proposals for how they will cover the costs of responding to the hack of background investigation data maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, and for some it is coming with a hefty price tag. Last month, OPM notified agencies it would charge them for...

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VA Cuts Disability Claims Backlog Below 100,000

August 24, 2015 For the first time since it began tracking the figure in 2009, the number of long-term outstanding disability claims at the Veterans Affairs Department has dipped below 100,000. VA trimmed the claims backlog to 98,535 last week, the department announced on Monday, marking an 84 percent reduction from its 2013...