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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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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...

TSP Returns Flat in August

September 1, 2017 All but two portfolios in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement program saw downturns in growth in August, and two others dipped into the red. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, made up of small to midsize businesses dropped 0.41 percent last month, bringing its 2017 growth down to 8.16 percent....

Trump Authorizes 1.9% Pay Raise for Feds, Says Greater Increase 'Not Warranted'

August 31, 2017 President Trump issued an alternative pay plan for civilian federal employees Thursday, officially giving workers a 1.9 percent raise in 2018. The total pay raise is equal to the pay increase proposed in the White House’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal last spring. The figure includes a 1.4 percent base increase,...

How Feds Can Contribute to the Harvey Recovery Effort

August 30, 2017 As officials at all levels of government continue to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on east Texas and Louisiana, public employee groups are contributing their own resources to the effort and providing outlets for feds not directly engaged in the response to help as well. The American Federation...

Nearly 60,000 Feds Impacted by Harvey

August 28, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management said Monday that 59,600 federal employees from 45 agencies work in the region impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas over the weekend. OPM is coordinating its response with local federal executive boards. Harvey made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, late Friday as a...

Blended Retirement Gets a Mascot, the Benefit of Bigger Bonuses for Cost Cutters, and More

August 23, 2017 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said a bill to increase financial incentives for reporting of wasteful government spending would likely not cost a significant amount, but it also might not be particularly effective. The 2017 Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act (H.R. 378), introduced by Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and Jim Cooper,...

Union Official Blasts Lack of Ideological Diversity on Mediation Panel

August 22, 2017 The head of the National Federation of Federal Employees expressed grave concerns about the future of a federal panel that handles agency-union disagreements, after President Trump appointed a number of members with resumes featuring overtly anti-labor causes. Trump announced his picks for the seven-member Federal Service Impasses Panel at the...

AFGE Executive Fired Over Letter to Members

August 21, 2017 The board of the nation’s largest federal employee union voted almost unanimously to remove a top-ranking official from the union's leadership team earlier this month, but the ousted executive said the move was politically motivated. The American Federation of Government Employees removed National Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson on grounds he used...