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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner is a staff correspondent covering pay, benefits and other federal workforce issues. He joined Government Executive in the spring of 2017 after extensive experience writing about state and local issues in Maryland and Virginia, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Alexandria Times. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
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Proposal for a 2019 Pay Freeze Called 'Dunderheaded' and 'Pennywise and Pound Foolish'

December 14, 2017 Lawmakers and federal employee groups on Thursday blasted reports that the Trump administration would institute a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees in 2019 as a “foolish” idea that could decimate participation in public service. Documents from the Office of Management and Budget and the Homeland Security Department provided...

A Potential Pay Cut for Some Feds, Expanded Telework and More

December 13, 2017 A recently introduced bill in Congress could substantially cut the pay of more than 1,000 federal employees in an already beleaguered agency. The 2017 CFPB Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 4499), introduced last month by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., would restrict the pay of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees to be...

GOP Lawmakers Seek to Repeal OPM Obamacare Program

December 12, 2017 A pair of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would repeal an Office of Personnel Management program to provide national insurance plans for states that request them, citing it as underutilized. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program...

OPM Leadership Void Leaves Locality Pay Advisers Twisting in the Wind

December 11, 2017 Every year, the Federal Salary Council and the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee submit recommendations to the White House for tailoring federal pay based on regional cost differences. At least, that’s how it used to work. Members of the most recent Federal Salary Council confirmed Monday that they have not...

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear. The Senate voted 81-14 for the stop-gap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a stopgap authorization for...

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount

December 7, 2017 Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear. The Senate voted 81-14 for the stopgap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a temporary authorization for...

FEHBP Open Season Deadline is Just Around the Corner

December 7, 2017 With hundreds of plans available to federal employees and retirees through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, reviewing the offerings during Open Season each year can be a grueling task. There’s a lot to take into consideration: premiums, anticipated out-of-pocket costs, catastrophic limits and the size of physician networks. Depending...

Relief for Feds Hitting Overtime Pay Caps, Benefits During a Shutdown and More

December 6, 2017 The House voted 407-4 Tuesday to approve a bill that would increase the annual overtime pay cap for employees at the Secret Service. The 2017 Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act (H.R. 3731), introduced by Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., would raise the overtime pay cap for...

NASA Ranked Best Place to Work in Government Six Years Running

December 6, 2017 The federal government should consider changing how it administers its annual survey of employee engagement, said officials at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, after many small agencies’ results were withheld from its tabulation of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” analysis, prepared in conjunction with Deloitte....

Lawmakers Ask Trump to Give Civilian Feds the Same 2018 Pay Raise as the Military

December 5, 2017 A bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers is calling on President Trump to grant civilian federal employees a bigger pay raise in 2018, equal to what the military receives. Trump must finalize his August plan to increase the pay of federal civilian employees by the end of the year. Feds...