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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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When Federal Employees Can Expect to See Their 1.9 Percent Pay Raise

February 15, 2019 When President Trump signed a bill to keep the government open through Sept. 30, he also authorized a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees, effectively overriding his own pay freeze that he enacted last December. But that action is merely the first step in the process to provide...

Congress Approves Bill to Avoid Another Shutdown as Trump Prepares National Emergency

February 14, 2019 The Senate on Thursday voted 83-16 to approve a spending package to keep federal agencies open until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, following indications that President Trump would sign the measure. The House followed suit Thursday evening, passing the measure 300-128 and sending it to Trump's...

House Democrats Reintroduce Bills to Expand Collective Bargaining Rights

February 14, 2019 After years of union employees of the Transportation Security Administration working on representational issues in their free time and lacking access to independent bodies that resolve disputes, a new bill would provide them with the rights already afforded to the vast majority of the federal workforce. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman...

Shutdown-Avoiding Spending Package Includes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for 2019

February 13, 2019 Congress is poised to override President Trump’s decision last year to freeze federal civilian pay in 2019, according to House leaders. A spending deal between House and Senate appropriators released late Wednesday provided a 1.9 percent across-the-board raise to federal workers this year, the same amount agreed to last year...

Lawmakers Investigate Back Pay Issues, New Post-Shutdown Clarification on Promotions, and More

February 13, 2019 House Democrats announced Wednesday that they would investigate reports of incomplete back pay to federal employees impacted by the 35-day partial government shutdown and problems related to a variety of deductions typically taken from employee paychecks. Last week, federal workers and agencies responsible for payroll processing confirmed that thousands of...

Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Decertifies Agency’s Own Union

February 12, 2019 The chairwoman of an agency tasked with resolving disputes between federal employee unions and management at federal agencies recently decided to cease recognition of the organization’s own labor group. Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Colleen Duffy Kiko announced the decision in a letter to the Union of Authority Employees last...

GOP Senator Endorses 2.6 Percent Pay Raise for Feds, Improving Proposal's Prospects

February 11, 2019 Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the first Republican in the Senate to sign onto a plan to give federal civilian employees a 2.6 percent pay increase this year and provide parity between military and civilian compensation. Murkowski announced Monday that she would cosponsor the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise...

Democrats Confident of Spending Deal, One Week from Shutdown Deadline

February 10, 2019 With just one week remaining until Congress reaches its latest deadline to avoid another partial government shutdown, Democratic leaders are confident lawmakers will come to an agreement to keep agencies open, although the status of bipartisan negotiations remains uncertain. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that a conference committee tasked...

Democrats Confident of Spending Deal, One Week from Shutdown Deadline

February 8, 2019 With just one week remaining until Congress reaches its latest deadline to avoid another partial government shutdown, Democratic leaders are confident lawmakers will come to an agreement to keep agencies open, although the status of bipartisan negotiations remains uncertain. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that a conference committee tasked...

Democrats Propose 3.6 Percent Raise for Feds in 2020

February 8, 2019 Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced a bill Thursday that would provide federal civilian employees with a 3.6 percent pay increase in 2020, as lawmakers continue to consider whether to provide a raise to federal workers this year. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the...