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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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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...

Tillerson Announces Minority Hiring Initiative at State

August 18, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that he will launch a new initiative to improve diversity in the foreign service, including a requirement that at least one minority candidate be considered for all ambassadorial positions. Tillerson made the announcement during a speech to agency interns and fellows, in which...

Senator Reignites Discussion of Obamacare Exemption for Congress

August 18, 2017 Just weeks after the Republican effort to roll back the 2010 Affordable Care Act failed on the Senate floor, one GOP lawmaker is reviving the debate over a regulation allowing members of Congress and their staff to purchase health insurance on an exchange meant for small businesses and receive an...

Trump Signs Major Expansion of Veterans Educational Assistance Into Law

August 17, 2017 President Trump signed the largest expansion of GI Bill educational benefits in nearly a decade into law Wednesday. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R. 3218), known as the Forever GI Bill, eliminates the provision that veterans have a 15-year window from their last active duty discharge date...

Jobs for Military Spouses, Agency Layoffs, and More

August 16, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that it would develop regulations to remove the two-year time limit for spouses of military personnel who are relocated on permanent duty to have preferred status when applying for civilian federal government jobs. The rule stating that spouses could only be considered...

OPM Announces Delay, Changes to Combined Federal Campaign

August 15, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management announced it is delaying the start of the federal government’s annual charity fundraising drive until Oct. 2, along with a number of other changes. In past years, the Combined Federal Campaign has opened at the beginning of September. The guidance, released this month by acting...

EPA Inspector General Criticizes Its Own Recent Buyout Effort

August 14, 2017 As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to offer buyouts and early retirement to federal employees later this year, an agency watchdog said its own office failed to implement management controls during a 2014 buyout effort. The report by the EPA Office of the Inspector General about its own use of...

GSA to Increase Lodging Reimbursements for Feds This Fall

August 11, 2017 The General Services Administration announced Friday that it will increase its travel per diem rates for federal employees in fiscal 2018. Feds traveling on official business will see an increase in lodging per diems from $91 to $93 starting Oct. 1. This marks the third year in a row that...