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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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OPM Confirms Back Pay for Feds Affected by Latest Shutdown

February 20, 2018 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday that all federal employees furloughed as a result of the hours-long shutdown earlier this month will receive back pay for time lost. In a memo released Friday, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan told agencies that the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, approved...

Appointee Watch: IRS Commissioner Announced as Management Officials Move Forward

February 16, 2018 President Trump has made progress in recent weeks on several positions that will be key to implementing elements of his agenda in 2018. Last week, Trump announced that he would nominate Charles Rettig to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Rettig is a private tax attorney with extensive experience...

White House Budget Plan Praises the TSP, Then Cuts It

February 16, 2018 Although President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request touts the popularity and success of the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program, policies in the fiscal roadmap would significantly reduce the Thrift Savings Plan's effectiveness. Among other proposals to change federal employee pay and benefits, the White House plans to study whether...

Workforce Plan Stresses Pay for Performance, OPM Nominee Advances, and More

February 14, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management joined President Trump’s call for pay-for-performance in the federal civil service when it released its five-year strategic plan last week. The quadrennial Federal Workforce Priorities Report listed a number of priorities for agencies in the realm of workforce management, particularly succession planning, improved technology, and...

Why Trump’s Performance Pay Fund Won’t Happen in 2019

February 14, 2018 The release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal confirmed a rumored civilian federal employee pay freeze, but the accompanying effort to institute pay-for-performance through a $1 billion interagency fund to reward high performers came as a surprise for some observers. Not much is known about the new fund or...

Senate Panel to Vote on OPM Nominations After Long Wait

February 13, 2018 After years of Republican lawmakers refusing to confirm a director of the Office of Personnel Management over a controversial Obamacare rule, the chairman of a Senate panel will bring President Trump’s nominee to lead the federal government’s HR agency forward for a vote Wednesday. Jeff Pon was nominated by the...

Trump Formalizes 2019 Pay Freeze Proposal, Revives Benefits Cuts

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration announced Monday that it will seek a pay freeze for all civilian employees in 2019, confirming a plan long expected from the White House. The administration's fiscal 2019 budget proposal released Monday by the Office of Management and Budget also includes a number of provisions that would...

Budget Deal Includes No Changes to Federal Employee Compensation

February 8, 2018 When Senate negotiators announced Wednesday that they had arrived at a far-reaching two-year deal increasing top-line spending levels by more than $300 billion, delaying a shutdown deadline by six weeks and suspending the debt limit for a year, one question remained at the front of the minds of groups representing...

Federal Employee Union Preps for Year of Benefits Battles

February 7, 2018 More than 350 members of the National Treasury Employees Union descended onto Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby members of Congress to advocate protecting federal workers’ pay, benefits and due process protections. The federal employee union’s annual legislative conference came amid negotiations for what will be Congress’ fifth short-term spending measure...

New Recruitment Incentives, Agriculture Telework Policy Delayed, and More

February 7, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced updates last week to how agencies can offer recruitment and retention incentives to federal employees and candidates for government jobs. Agencies currently have the authority to offer recruitment, relocation and retention incentives to current or prospective federal workers up to 25 percent of the...