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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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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 ...

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; ...