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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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Mattis Fills Key Executive Positions at the Pentagon

May 16, 2017 Defense Secretary James Mattis began to fill out his staff last week, announcing his choices for three key positions at the department. Experts said the appointees seem well qualified and broadly in line with that of his predecessors. Mattis named Elbridge Andrew Colby to serve as deputy assistant secretary for...

White House Sets June Deadline for Suggestions from Public on Revamping Government

May 15, 2017 White House officials have set a deadline of one month from now for members of the public to offer their suggestions on how to reform the federal government. Shortly after Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued guidance to federal agencies ending the hiring freeze and asking them...

Appointee Watch: Nominations Overshadowed by FBI Director Firing

May 12, 2017 President Trump has two new major appointments to add to his long list of administration positions that need filling. On Tuesday, Trump controversially fired FBI Director James Comey, and on the same day, Census Bureau Director John Thompson announced he was stepping down after 27 years with the agency, including...

New Initiative Aims to Cultivate Next Generation of Federal Executives

May 11, 2017 A professional association on Thursday announced a new initiative aimed at strengthening the Senior Executive Service through cultivating federal employees with leadership potential starting earlier in their careers. The Senior Executives Association’s “leadership pipeline” effort will identify promising young government employees and connect them with mentors and leadership training programs...

Retirement Requests Drop, Union Lobbies Ivanka Trump for Paid Parental Leave and More

May 10, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management saw a decrease in the number of new retirement claims it received in April, but the agency slowed down its processing of retirement requests too. According to data released Monday by OPM, there were 6,581 new retirement claims last month, down from the 7,216 submitted...

How Unions Hope to Protect Their Members Amid Upcoming Agency Reforms

May 9, 2017 Federal employee union representatives are hopeful that agency leaders will consult with them early in the process of developing workforce reduction plans mandated by the Trump administration, but acknowledged in interviews with Government Executive that they have no way of forcing agencies to do so because it is not a...

Employees Evacuated from Washington Nuclear Site

May 9, 2017 This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. EST. Officials at the Energy Department’s Richland, Wash., office declared an emergency at the Hanford Nuclear Site Tuesday morning after the ground sank above a portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars of nuclear waste. The emergency was declared at 8:26 a.m....

Federal Court Upholds Ruling That Working Capital Fund Employees Can Be Furloughed

May 8, 2017 A federal appeals court has upheld a decision by the Merit Systems Protection Board that the Defense Department was correct in furloughing 40 employees in a unit supported by a working capital fund. Victoria Snyder, who was a civilian mechanical engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Dahlgren Division, was...

Lawmakers Renew Effort to Give TSA Screeners Civil Service Protections

May 4, 2017 The nation’s more than 40,000 federal airport security screeners hope 2017 will be the year they finally receive the same protections as federal employees in other government agencies—and their bosses. Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 2309) Wednesday, a...

Shutdown Threat Deferred, Uber Rides Reimbursed and More

May 3, 2017 The uncertainty surrounding whether the government will remain open may soon be over, as congressional leaders have reached a funding agreement that would run through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. As Eric Katz reports, the omnibus spending deal that the House passed Wednesday and the Senate...