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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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These Agencies Have the Most Feds Returning From Furlough

October 16, 2013 Over the course of the 16-day government shutdown, roughly 900,000 federal employees were forced to take time off. After the first week, some -- mostly Defense Department employees -- were brought back to work. With Congress finally agreeing on a deal to reopen all of government, the remaining 500,000-plus employees ...

Union to Supervisors: Stop Making Sick Feds Work

October 15, 2013 Agency managers are threatening to fire or discipline excepted federal employees who cannot come to work, according to one of the nation’s largest federal employee unions. The American Federation of Government Employees called on President Obama to “immediately advise agency managers to stop coercing and compelling employees to come to ...

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 ...