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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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Appointee Watch: Key Posts at Agriculture, Energy and Justice

July 14, 2017 The Trump administration announced a number of key jobs at agencies this week, all while blasting Democrats for perceived intransigence in confirming appointees. The White House sent out a scathing press release Monday arguing that Senate Democrats have dragged their heels throughout the confirmation process. But Democrats and neutral observers...

Lawmakers Introduce Major GI Bill Expansion

July 14, 2017 A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would remove the 15-year deadline for veterans to access GI Bill educational benefits, and significantly expand access to the program for members of the National Guard and Reserve. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R.3218), known as the...

OPM to Implement Leave Changes for Agencies

July 13, 2017 Officials with the Office of Personnel Management have drafted new rules that aim to limit the use of paid administrative leave while an employee is under investigation for misconduct. The proposed regulation, posted to the Federal Register Thursday, implements the 2016 Administrative Leave Act, which was approved by Congress last...

Would More Generous Buyouts Trigger Long-Rumored Retirement Wave?

July 12, 2017 Federal workforce observers said that given the ongoing uncertainty about employees’ pay and benefits, a proposed increase to the amount agencies can offer workers to retire early could be a boon to the White House’s goal of shrinking the government’s footprint. The Office of Management and Budget confirmed Tuesday that...

White House Wants to Increase Federal Employee Buyout Payments

July 11, 2017 The Trump administration has asked Congress to increase the amount agencies can offer employees for early retirement from $25,000 to $40,000 as it gears up for major workforce reductions in some agencies. An Office of Management and Budget spokesperson confirmed that the Defense Department made the request to Congress last...

Senate Panel Advances FAA Reauthorization Without Trump Privatization Plan

July 10, 2017 A Senate committee has thrown cold water on the Trump administration’s controversial plan to transfer the nation’s air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private non-profit organization. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted unanimously just before the July 4 recess to advance the 2017...

Appointee Watch: Trump Announces Picks for Justice, State and Other Agencies

July 7, 2017 The big news in federal staffing this week was the abrupt resignation of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub on Thursday. As Charlie Clark reported, although Shaub’s term runs until January, he will leave his post on July 19. He posted his resignation letter on the agency’s Twitter account,...

Clearance Job Pay Drops, Protections for Vets at FAA, and More

July 5, 2017 A survey released last month revealed that average compensation for jobs requiring security clearance has declined 1.27 percent since 2014. According to ClearanceJobs.com, the average total compensation for all security-cleared workers worldwide is $86,902. Given the steady growth in defense and security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the...

Appointee Watch: Another Round of Nominees for GSA, Defense, VA, State and Others

July 3, 2017 The Trump administration has continued its effort to nominate high-level government staff, recently announcing another round of federal prosecutors and a number of posts at the General Services Administration. But Charlie Clark reports that even as the White House announces appointments on a nearly daily basis, it could soon run...

TSP Growth Slows in June

July 3, 2017 Most portfolios in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan saw a decline in growth in June, but all but two of the funds still increased in value. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, comprised of small-cap stocks, saw the greatest improvement last month, growing by 2.33 percent, a strong...