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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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DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Status

February 25, 2015 The Homeland Security Department has begun notifying the employees who would face furloughs if the agency shuts down at midnight on Friday of their impending unpaid, non-work status, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. The notifications have gone out on an informal basis, Johnson said at a press conference, rather ...

More Than 300,000 Non-Defense Feds Made Six Figures in 2014

February 25, 2015 About 308,000 federal employees took home more than $100,000 in salary in 2014, according to a partial database of pay information. That is roughly 30 percent of the employees included in the database compiled by FedSmith.com, using information compiled from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies. It does ...

8 Ways a Shutdown Would Damage Homeland Security

February 24, 2015 The Homeland Security Department will shut down Friday at midnight without congressional intervention, though many lawmakers think it is not that big of a deal. Some in Congress have correctly noted about 86 percent of DHS employees still reported to work during the 2013 government shutdown. This has led some ...

Lawmakers Want to Guarantee Back Pay For All DHS Employees if Agency Shuts Down

February 24, 2015 All Homeland Security Department employees would receive back pay in the event of an agency shutdown under a measure introduced by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers Tuesday. The bill would provide retroactive pay for about 30,000 workers who would face furloughs for the duration of the shutdown. Unlike those who ...

17,000 Federal Employees Earned More Than $200K Last Year

February 23, 2015 More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data. The information, compiled by FedSmith.com using data from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, shows the annual compensation for every civilian federal worker, ...

VA Employees Get Some Recognition at the Oscars

February 23, 2015 Employees at the Veterans Affairs Department’s suicide hotline were recognized at the Oscars Sunday, with a film about their work taking home the award for Best Documentary Short. “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” -- a 40-minute documentary that first aired on HBO last year -- was given the Academy Award. ...

The Homeland Security Department Is Starting Shutdown Prep

February 20, 2015 With just one week until the agency would be forced to shut down, the Homeland Security Department has begun preparing for an appropriations lapse. The department is taking “prudent steps” to update its 2013 shutdown guidance, a DHS official told Government Executive. If Congress fails to reach a funding agreement ...

Who Would Be Forced to Work During a DHS Shutdown?

February 20, 2015 If the Homeland Security Department is forced to shut down next week, most of its employees would likely still report to work. In fact, when the government shut down for two weeks in October 2013, 86.4 percent of DHS employees remained on the job. The department’s plans are being tweaked ...

IRS Paid Identity Thieves $5.8 Billion in 2013, Blames Budget Cuts

February 19, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service doled out nearly $6 billion in tax returns to identity thieves in 2013, according to a new report, and the agency cited budget cuts as a reason it couldn’t conduct better oversight. IRS paid out about one in five returns filed by identity thieves in the ...

Despite Scandal, the VA Has Actually Fired Very Few for Misconduct

February 19, 2015 Despite being entangled in a scandal involving malfeasant employees for much of the year, the Veterans Affairs Department fired about half the number of workers in 2014 than it did the previous year, according to agency and other federal data. VA terminated about 1,100 employees last calendar year, the agency ...