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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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White House: Proposed Hiring Rule Was Meant to Help, Not Hurt Ex-Offenders Seeking Federal Jobs

April 24, 2019 Officials within the Trump administration on Wednesday sought to clarify that a proposal to require federal job seekers to disclose whether they have participated in pretrial diversion programs was intended to help ex-offenders obtain jobs with the government, not disqualify candidates. This week, the Office of Personnel Management was the...

Lawmakers, DHS Look to Improve Border Patrol Compensation

April 24, 2019 A House lawmaker has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Border Patrol agents are better compensated for their first 10 hours of overtime each week. The Border Pay Security Act (H.R. 2335), introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to include language guaranteeing that...

Trump Administration Seeks to Dismiss Shutdown Lawsuit

April 22, 2019 Attorneys representing the Trump administration have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that agencies violated the Anti-Deficiency Act during the 35-day partial government shutdown, arguing that the claims brought by a federal employee union and a group of five federal employees are now moot. In January, the...

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...