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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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Thousands of Feds Currently Working Could Still Face Furloughs

October 8, 2013 Thousands of federal employees currently on the job could be sent home if the government shutdown drags on, according to agencies’ planning documents and statements from department leaders. Some agencies have kept offices open due to leftover appropriations from fiscal 2013, though in many cases those funds could dry up ...

Not All Lawmakers Are Standing With Feds by Refusing Pay

October 7, 2013 Last week, we compiled a preliminary list of lawmakers who said they would refuse pay during the government shutdown. Perhaps not surprisingly, the number of House members and senators standing in solidarity with furloughed federal employees has increased dramatically as the shutdown has dragged on. Some legislators, however, have maintained ...

Employees’ Furlough Fate During the Shutdown Isn't Written in Stone

October 7, 2013 Three days after the government shutdown in 1995, the Social Security Administration brought back 50,000 employees from furlough to deal with a backlog of benefits the agency lacked the personnel to deliver. In the run up to the shutdown, SSA had not properly accounted for its legal obligation to distribute ...

Yes, Mr. Chairman, Feds' Paychecks Could Get Delayed

October 4, 2013 At a House Rules Committee hearing Thursday, members of both parties thanked the Capitol Police for their role in ending a shooting threat at the Capitol Building just hours before. That’s about where the agreement ended. The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., used the occasion to mention the ...

New Bill Would Pay Furloughed Workers Retroactively

October 4, 2013 The House will vote Saturday on a widely supported bill to grant furloughed federal employees retroactive pay upon the reopening of government, Republican leaders have announced. The bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support, with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., backing the measure Friday. The legislation -- which was ...

Congress Expected to Grant Back Pay to Furloughed Feds

October 4, 2013 This story has been updated. The House will vote Saturday on a widely supported bill to grant furloughed federal employees retroactive pay upon the reopening of government, Republican leaders have announced. The bill is expected to pass with bipartisan support, with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., backing the measure Friday. ...

Shutdown Solidarity: Lawmakers Pledge to Give Up Pay Until Government Reopens

October 3, 2013 This story has been updated and now includes more than 75 House members and senators. Roughly 900,000 federal employees have been furloughed due to the government shutdown. There is no guarantee they will ever be compensated for their forced time off; retroactive pay would require congressional action. Members of the ...

Thousands of Federal Employees File for Unemployment Amid Shutdown

October 3, 2013 More than 10,000 federal employees have filed claims for unemployment insurance in the capital area since the government shut down Tuesday, according to state and local offices. In Washington, D.C., about 5,000 employees have filed claims in the first two and a half days of the shutdown, according to Lisa ...

Senator: Government Shutdown Is ‘Stupidity on Steroids’

October 2, 2013 Senate Democrats representing states with large federal employee populations gathered at a congressional office building Wednesday to decry the effects the government shutdown is having on the nation’s workers and economy. The lawmakers emphasized that without paychecks, federal employees -- both those furloughed and those required to work without pay ...

Democrats, Unions Demand Complete Government Reopening and Back Pay

October 1, 2013 House Democrats and federal employee unions gathered in the shadow of the Capitol Building Tuesday to call for the immediate reopening of government and retroactive pay to furloughed workers. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Md., led a coalition of lawmakers from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. -- areas that are home ...