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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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Union: Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Would Hurt 'Bread and Butter' Services Like Disaster Response

September 13, 2017 Officials with the largest federal employee union, environmentalists and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., came together Wednesday to demand lawmakers fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency, which faced steep cuts in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. “The hardworking men and women that [the American Federation of Government Employees] represents are...

House Slated to Debate Air Traffic Control Privatization As Deadline Looms

September 12, 2017 House lawmakers are preparing in the coming days to debate a proposal that would spin off the nation’s air traffic controllers to a nonprofit entity, but its fate is uncertain in light of a tight deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and resistance in the Senate. President Trump and...

Federal Union Expands on Previous PR Efforts with ‘They Work For U.S.’ Ad Campaign

September 11, 2017 One of the largest federal employee unions is launching a television ad campaign to highlight members’ work in an attempt to combat what it considers misconceptions about public servants. The National Treasury Employees Union will run a series of 15- and 30-second public service announcements highlighting the day-to-day work of...

Hundreds at EPA Reportedly Take Buyouts or Early Retirement

September 8, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency reportedly will have shed more than 400 employees by the end of September as a result of the department’s buyout and early retirement effort. But that number is still far below the goals set by Administrator Scott Pruitt in July. EPA said at the time it...

Trump Signs Funding Measure to Avert Shutdown

September 8, 2017 This article has been updated. President Trump on Friday signed legislation staving off a government shutdown and default until early December and appropriating $15.25 billion for hurricane relief efforts. The House passed the bill earlier Friday. The plan, formulated by congressional Democrats as a counterproposal to GOP efforts to keep...

Senate Attaches Shutdown-Avoiding Measure to Harvey Relief Bill

September 7, 2017 Senators voted Thursday to approve a three-month extension to the debt limit and governmental spending, and they significantly increased a package for hurricane relief. The plan to keep the government open and out of default would set a new deadline of Dec. 8 for Congress to approve fiscal 2018 appropriations...

OPM Treads Water on Retirement Backlog, Harvey Response Continues, and More

September 6, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management effectively made no progress in its handling of the backlog of federal retirement claims in August, although the number of new claims declined. According to statistics released Tuesday, the backlog of retirement claims at the end of August was 17,125, slightly higher than the 17,091...

Trump Backs Deal to Avert a Shutdown ... For Now

September 6, 2017 President Trump on Wednesday backed a Democratic plan to avert a government shutdown and default, surprising many on Capitol Hill. Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he supported a Democratic plan to keep government open through a continuing resolution that would expire Dec. 15. He said he also...

Appointee Watch: Administration Announces Picks for Key Management Posts, NASA

September 5, 2017 President Trump announced a long list of nominees to key positions within the administration late last week, most notably to posts managing the federal workforce, budget and acquisitions. Trump named Jeff T. H. Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, replacing George Nesterczuk, who withdrew his name...

Trump Announces HR Professional As New Pick to Lead OPM

September 5, 2017 President Trump has announced his picks for Office of Personnel Management director and key posts in the Office of Management and Budget. Career human resources professional Jeff Tien Han Pon is in line for the top job at OPM, the White House announced Friday night. Pon was most recently the...