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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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House Narrowly Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House approved 230-197 on Thursday night a measure that would keep the government open for one month, although the bill’s fate in the Senate remains uncertain. For much of the day, it was an open question whether an effort to avert a government shutdown when current funding expires Friday...

House Narrowly Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains

January 18, 2018 The House approved 230-197 on Thursday night a measure that would keep the government open for one month, although the bill’s fate in the Senate remains uncertain. For much of the day, it was an open question whether an effort to avert a government shutdown when current funding expires Friday...

Pay and Benefits in a Shutdown, Expanded Naval Paternity Leave and More

January 17, 2018 Officials with the U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that the service branch will more than double the amount of paid leave provided to sailors whose spouses have given birth, according to a news report. As early as next month, the Navy will increase the number of days a sailor can receive...

Senate Democrat: Shutdown 'More Likely Than Not'

January 16, 2018 With just four days left to approve a spending measure, Congress appears to be on the precipice of a government shutdown. Just last Thursday, developments on multiple issues seemed to be moving toward a bipartisan solution to the spending impasse, as a House committee chairman announced he would bring forward...

Lawmakers Unveil Bill to Override Reported Plan to Freeze Feds' Pay in 2019

January 12, 2018 Democrats in both the House and Senate announced Friday that they have reintroduced a bill that would override the White House’s reported plans to freeze civilian federal employee pay next year. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act (H.R. 4775...

Congress Likely to Consider Another Short-Term Funding Measure

January 11, 2018 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers should expect to vote on yet another stopgap measure to fund the government ahead of a Jan. 19 shutdown deadline. McCarthy announced that another short-term continuing resolution is likely during a discussion with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., about the...

An Agency Curtails Telework, Annual Charitable Giving Campaign Ends and More

January 10, 2018 The Agriculture Department issued a new rule last week that will significantly reduce employees’ ability to work remotely. According to a departmental regulation released Jan. 4 by the agency’s Office of Human Resources Management, feds approved for telework now will only be able to work remotely for two days per...

It's Unclear Whether Federal Prisons' Use of Employee Retention Incentives Is Working

January 9, 2018 The largest employer within the Justice Department could do more to ensure that its use of monetary incentives is effective in retaining high-quality employees by developing a better system for evaluating the program’s effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office said. In a report released Monday, GAO said the Bureau of Prisons...

OPM Redoubles Retirement Processing Efforts Ahead of January Surge

January 8, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management more than doubled the number of retirement claims it processed last month when compared with November, as the agency prepared for an annual surge of new requests. In recent months, the number of retirement claims processed by OPM had waned because, officials said last year,...

No. 2 Senate Democrat Threatens Shutdown Over Immigration Issues

January 8, 2018 While Republican and Democratic lawmakers have indicated that negotiations over a long-term spending bill have been productive, the White House’s hard line on immigration threatens to scuttle efforts to avert a shutdown before the Jan. 19 deadline. House and Senate leaders met with White House officials last week, and both...