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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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Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks

October 11, 2013 “When I looked at my paycheck the other day, it was a shock to see how small it was,” Doug Mehring told reporters on a conference call Friday hosted by the Federal-Postal Coalition. Mehring, a brick mason at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, was recalled to work Oct. ...

Shutdown Could Halt Feds' Leave Accrual

October 11, 2013 As the government shutdown approaches its third week, federal employees stand to lose their ability to accrue time off while on furlough status. Guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department dictates that federal employees will not accrue annual or sick leave in the pay period in ...

More Agencies Announce Furlough Plans

October 10, 2013 Ten days into the government shutdown, more federal offices are set to close their doors and furlough their employees, adding thousands to the more than 500,000 workers already furloughed. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission originally kept its entire 3,900 workforce on the job, citing leftover funds from fiscal 2013. Those funds ...

FurloughYOLO: Federal Employees Tweet How They Are Spending Their Shutdown-Induced Time Off

October 10, 2013 When the federal government shut down Oct. 1, roughly 900,000 federal employees were sent home without pay. That number has been reduced somewhat, as the Defense Department brought back most of its furloughed civilians this week. Still, more than half a million feds are not reporting to work every day, ...

Banks Reach Out to Furloughed Feds

October 10, 2013 The shutdown has left federal employees nationwide unsure of exactly when – or if – they will receive their next paycheck. A bill that would grant retroactive pay for furloughed employees is in limbo, stuck in the Senate. And even though “excepted” employees working during the shutdown know they will ...

House OKs Bill To Pay Federal Workers On Time During Shutdown

October 8, 2013 The House unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that would pay federal employees who are working during the shutdown on time, rather than once the government reopens. The bill would make appropriations for excepted workers through Dec. 15. About 1.5 million federal employees are currently excepted or exempted from furloughs, most of ...

House Approves Immediate Pay for Feds Working During Shutdown

October 8, 2013 This story has been updated. The House unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that would pay federal employees who are working during the shutdown on time, rather than once the government reopens. The bill would make appropriations for excepted workers through Dec. 15. About 1.5 million federal employees are currently excepted or ...

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 ...