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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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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 ...

A 'Million Options' for Funding Government, But No Clear Path Forward

September 12, 2013 With just weeks left to avoid a government shutdown, congressional leadership expressed uncertainty Thursday on the path forward for funding government. There are a “million options being discussed by a lot of people,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a press conference held at the Capitol Building Thursday. But ...

Flu Shots Fall Victim to the Sequester

September 12, 2013 Early October marks the beginning of flu season. For thousands of civilians in the Air Force, this could be a stuffy, fever-y couple of months. Due to budget constraints, the Air Force will no longer offer free influenza shots to non-military employees. In 2012, about 12,000 civilians received the free ...

VA Execs Will Leave if Congress Bans Bonuses, Group Says

September 10, 2013 Proposals to ban performance bonuses for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department are unwarranted and damaging to VA’s mission, according to a professional association representing top federal managers. The Senior Executives Association wrote a letter to Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Mike Michaud, D-Maine, the chairman and ranking member ...

Will a Busy Fall Congressional Schedule Derail Postal Reform?

September 10, 2013 The top oversight leader in the House has vowed to move forward with his bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service, despite the full plate of high-priority issues Congress currently faces. Both the House and Senate, which came back to Washington this week after a month-long recess, must vote on ...