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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: Nominee for FEMA's No. 2 Job Withdraws

September 14, 2017 President Trump’s pick to be deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, after news reports alleging misconduct when he served in the George W. Bush administration. According to NBC News, Daniel A. Craig was found by the FBI and Homeland...

TSP Loosens Emergency Withdrawal Rules for Feds Affected By Irma

September 14, 2017 The administrators of federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement savings plan have relaxed the rules for workers to dip into their savings for the second time this month, after Hurricane Irma caused flooding in multiple cities in Florida earlier this week. The Thrift Savings Plan announced announced Wednesday that it is loosening...

Secret Service Overtime Bill Moves Forward, Vets in Government Make Less, and More

September 13, 2017 A House panel voted Wednesday to advance a bill that raises the cap on total pay U.S. Secret Service employees can earn in 2017. In August, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents had already hit the cap on the amount of overtime...

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...