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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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HHS Proposes Substantial Limits on Telework

December 14, 2018 Officials at the Health and Human Services Department have proposed limiting telework to one day per week, and potentially eliminating the practice altogether, according to a union representing department employees. The National Treasury Employees Union and HHS are in the final week of negotiations as mandated by the Federal Service...

As Spending Talks Break Down, a Pay Raise for Feds Hangs in the Balance

December 13, 2018 With eight days remaining until a deadline for lawmakers to avert a partial government shutdown, one issue facing all federal workers remains unsettled: a pay raise. Congress and President Trump have until Dec. 21 to agree to a deal on seven appropriations bills, which include funding for the Transportation, Housing...

What You Need to Know If You Already Scheduled Leave and Your Agency Shuts Down

December 12, 2018 Some federal workers who booked vacations between Christmas and the end of the year could find themselves taking unpaid leave for the trouble, if Congress cannot reach a deal to fund the government within the next 10 days. Lawmakers have until Dec. 21 to come to an agreement to fund...

Retirement Overpayments, TSP Hardship Withdrawals and More

December 12, 2018 A government watchdog agency warned last month that although incidents of improper payments from a federal retirees’ defined benefit program remain low, the risk that the Office of Personnel Management could overpay some retirees is “high.” In its annual report on management challenges facing the agency, the OPM Office of...

NASA Continues Its Reign Atop Best Places to Work in Government

December 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government's long-running progress on improving employee engagement at agencies and departments has essentially stalled, concluded officials at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service in its annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report released Wednesday. The findings were prepared in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group....

NASA Continues Its Reign Atop Best Places to Work in Government

December 12, 2018 The federal government's long-running progress on improving employee engagement at agencies and departments has essentially stalled, concluded officials at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service in its annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report released Wednesday. The findings were prepared in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group....

Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Trump’s Workforce Orders, Justice Lawyers Argue

December 10, 2018 Attorneys with the Justice Department on Friday filed a 100-page legal brief in support of its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling that invalidated the key provisions of President Trump’s three controversial executive orders targeting federal employee unions and making it easier to fire federal workers. The Trump administration...

Federal Employees Continue to Retire in Greater Numbers Than in Previous Years

December 7, 2018 Federal employees continue to file for retirement at an increased pace compared with recent years, continuing a trend that began more than a year ago. According to statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, 7,510 federal workers filed for retirement in November. That figure is a 34 percent increase over...

IG Criticism of GSA Management Raises Questions About Agency's Ability to Take on OPM Functions

December 6, 2018 An agency watchdog blasted officials at the General Services Administration last week over “pervasive internal control weaknesses” across a variety of agency functions, raising questions about the agency proposed by the Trump administration to take over the core service functions of the Office of Personnel Management. In an annual report...

Congress Approves Two-Week Spending Deal, Averting a Partial Shutdown

December 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress on Thursday approved a stop-gap spending deal to keep the government open for two weeks, extending the deadline for a year-long appropriations package for some agencies until Dec. 21. Prompted by a delay in negotiations on a broader deal following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, lawmakers...