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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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Naval Sea Systems Command Employees Likely to Remain Scattered for Months

September 23, 2013 The Naval Sea Systems Command has scattered its employees across many different locations as its headquarters remains closed, the agency has announced. Its main office building, Washington Navy Yard building 197 -- which housed 3,000 NAVSEA employees and was the location of a Sept. 16 mass shooting that left 13 ...

IRS Moves Forward With Plan to Cancel $70 Million in Employee Bonuses

September 20, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service scored an initial victory against a union that challenged the agency’s plan to end bonuses in 2013 for bargaining unit employees, but the union has pledged to continue its fight. The bonus cancellation -- which would save the IRS $70 million -- was upheld by a ...

Mailing Industry Denounces Proposal to Give USPS More Control Over Pricing

September 19, 2013 Private mailing companies and postal regulators expressed deep concern with a proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service during a congressional hearing Thursday, saying provisions to give the agency more control over pricing would ultimately harm the industry. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held the first of two ...

Obama Initiates Security Clearance Review After Navy Yard Shooting

September 18, 2013 President Obama has directed his budget office to review the policy for granting security clearances “for contractors and employees across federal agencies” in light of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, the White House announced Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Office of Management and ...

Navy Yard Closed Again on Wednesday

September 17, 2013 The Washington Navy Yard will remain closed to most employees for the second consecutive day Wednesday after a shooting on the base Monday left 13 dead. The base is still an active crime scene and only “mission essential personnel” should report to their offices Wednesday, Naval District Washington announced on ...

Navy Offers Support Services to Personnel and Families Affected by Shooting

September 17, 2013 This story has been updated. The head of the Navy called for all personnel to “come together as a family” in light of the shooting as the Washington Navy Yard Monday, and the department set up several avenues for assisting employees in coping with the tragedy. The Navy established an ...

Federal Offices Near Navy Yard Slowly Lift Lockdowns

September 16, 2013 This story has been updated. The Transportation Department headquarters has lifted its lockdown after a shooting at the nearby Washington Navy Yard, according to an agency spokeswoman. The department has two buildings just outside the Navy Yard, where authorities say 13 individuals were shot and killed Monday morning. The shooter ...

Postal Service Offers Early Retirement to More Than 15,000 Supervisors

September 16, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service began sending early retirement offers to more than 15,000 employees Monday, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce its workforce while avoiding layoffs. USPS said it does not have an exact goal for the number of employees who accept the offers, but confirmed it has ...

Bipartisan Letter Suggests Pentagon Include Contractors in Staff Cuts

September 13, 2013 A bipartisan pair of lawmakers has asked the Defense Department to rethink its plan to cut staff by 20 percent at top headquarters offices, asking for the Pentagon to exhaust all other options before taking negative personnel actions. Reps. Bill Young, R-Fla., and Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., chairman and ranking member ...

FBI Plans 10 Furlough Days for 2014

September 13, 2013 The FBI is planning 10 agencywide furlough days in fiscal 2014 should sequestration continue as expected, according to The New York Times. While the bureau will shutter its national headquarters in Washington and regional offices nationwide, it will maintain a small staff on the furlough days. The FBI spends $16 ...