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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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GAO: GSA Must Do More on Cybersecurity, Property Management

April 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday stressed that while the General Services Administration has done better than the rest of the federal government in implementing recommendations to improve their performance, a number of critical issues remain unresolved. In a letter to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro commended...

Trump’s Pick to Lead OPM Has an Unusual Management Record for the Job

April 19, 2019 The March announcement that President Trump would nominate former Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Dale Cabaniss to be director of the Office of Personnel Management prompted a mixed response from stakeholder groups. Organizations representing federal managers and the Partnership for Public Service expressed support for the choice, while labor unions...

GAO: GSA Must Do More on Property Management, Cybersecurity

April 18, 2019 The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday stressed that while the General Services Administration has done better than the rest of the federal government in implementing recommendations to improve their performance, a number of critical issues remain unresolved. In a letter to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro commended...

A Pay Raise Update, TSP Security, and More

April 17, 2019 The federal government’s largest payroll processor said Tuesday that most federal employees will see the retroactive pay raise authorized earlier this year in their paychecks beginning next week. The National Finance Center, which is part of the Agriculture Department and handles payroll for dozens of federal agencies, made an announcement...

Most Feds Will Get Retroactive Raise this Pay Period

April 16, 2019 The federal government’s largest payroll processor announced Tuesday that most civilian federal employees will see the average 1.9 percent pay raise, authorized by Congress in February, in their paychecks next week. The National Finance Center, which is housed within the Agriculture Department but does payroll for dozens of federal agencies,...

Senators Join In Renewed Efforts to Give Feds Paid Family Leave

April 12, 2019 Democrats in the Senate introduced legislation this week that would provide federal employees paid time off if they need to care for themselves or family members. The bill (S. 1174), introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., mirrors bipartisan legislation...

Watchdog Highlights High Priority Workforce Issues Plaguing OPM

April 11, 2019 Government auditors warned the Office of Personnel Management this week of a number of outstanding issues that could, if left unresolved, impede the agency’s ability to manage the federal workforce and ensure agencies can effectively recruit and retain employees. The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday highlighting outstanding recommendations...

A TSA Employee Rights Bill, Another Shutdown Mitigation Bill and More

April 10, 2019 A Senate Democrat last month introduced legislation that would grant employees of the Transportation Security Administration expanded collective bargaining rights and access to the General Schedule wage system. The bill (S. 944) by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would grant employees at TSA full Title 5 civil service protections, including access...

House Budget Plan Preserves Feds’ Retirement Programs

April 9, 2019 The House plans to consider a fiscal 2020 budget proposal that likely would not implement any of the Trump administration’s proposals to cut federal employees’ retirement benefits in the near future, setting up a debate with the Senate on how to move forward. Last month, the Senate Budget Committee advanced...

Federal Retirement Claims Continue to Surge in March, But Backlog Is Down

April 8, 2019 The Office of Personnel Management reported last week that the annual surge in retirements, traditionally reserved for January and February, crept into March this year, although the agency has managed to reduce the backlog of claims. Last month, 10,048 federal employees applied for retirement, an increase over the 7,767 claims...