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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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In Focus: Who Faces Furloughs?

October 1, 2013 During a government shutdown, federal agencies decide which employees to furlough and which to keep on the job. Excepted employees include workers “who are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work,” according to furlough guidance ...

Laying Down the Law

October 1, 2013 James Dinkins leads the organization with the largest investigative responsibility in the federal government, and you have probably never heard of it. Dinkins started his career more than 25 years ago as an intern in what was then the Office of Intelligence. He is now executive associate director of Homeland ...

Congress Passes Bill to Pay Military and Support Personnel on Time During Shutdown

September 30, 2013 The Senate unanimously passed a House bill to pay on time all active-duty and reserve members of the armed forces, as well as any civilians and contractors working in support of those forces, in the event of a government shutdown. The House also passed the bill unanimously early Sunday morning; ...

Military and Support Personnel Will Get Paid On Time During Shutdown

September 30, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama late Monday signed a bill to pay on time all active-duty and reserve members of the armed forces, as well as any civilians and contractors working in support of those forces, in the event of a government shutdown. The Senate passed the bill ...

Feds Furloughed By Shutdown Cannot Contribute to Retirement Fund

September 30, 2013 Federal employees forced onto unpaid leave due to a government shutdown must cease payments into their federal retirement plan accounts upon entering non-pay status. Employee contributions into the Thrift Savings Plan must come from payroll deductions, meaning employees on furlough cannot make payments into their plans. Agencies are also prohibited ...

Shutdown ‘Damage Is Already Done,’ Unions Say

September 27, 2013 Foreign Service workers and civilian employees at the State Department organized a rally Friday to keep government open, pleading with Congress not to “shut down diplomacy.” Members of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Federation of Government Employees held up signs with slogans such as “Diplomacy Matters” and ...

Democratic Lawmakers Support Retroactive Pay for Shutdown Furloughs

September 27, 2013 This story has been updated. Two Democratic lawmakers with oversight over the federal workforce have called on Congress not to victimize civil servants in the event of a government shutdown. While the Senate moved forward with a stopgap spending measure Friday afternoon that would keep the government open until Nov. ...

Future of Postal Employees’ Health Care Uncertain as Senate Moves Forward With Reform

September 26, 2013 Lawmakers pledged to deliver a postal overhaul bill through Congress by the end of the year as agency officials and stakeholders debated potential benefits reforms for employees and retirees, during a Senate hearing Thursday. Proposals to shift postal retirees away from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to Medicare to ...

Shutdown Quiz: The Answers

September 26, 2013 1) False, most likely. While agencies have not yet issued their contingency plans for the current threat, reports from the last potential shutdown in 2011 show that roughly 60 percent of all federal employees would be deemed “essential,” and therefore excepted from the shutdown furloughs. Excepted workers include employees who ...

Quiz: What Happens to Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown?

September 26, 2013 Breaking: The federal government could be heading toward a shutdown. OK, so it may not come as a surprise to anyone that Congress has until 11:59 p.m. on Monday to strike a deal to fund the government, or else agencies will have to shutter their doors. What you may not ...