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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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Lawsuits: Making Feds Work During Shutdown Violates 13th Amendment

January 11, 2019 A trio of lawsuits filed by federal employees this week argue that the law that allows agencies to require them to report to work without pay during a shutdown violates the Constitution’s due process protections and the prohibition against slavery. The National Treasury Employees Union, the National Air Traffic Controllers...

Federal Unions Decry Government 'Lock Out' At Rally

January 10, 2019 On the eve of the day that most federal workers will miss paychecks for the first time since the start of the partial government shutdown, union officials, Democratic lawmakers and impacted workers marched to the White House to demand a swift end to what they repeatedly called a “lock out.”...

House Approves Spending Bill With 1.9 Percent Civilian Pay Raise in Latest Attempt to Reopen Government

January 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday voted 240-188 to approve the first of four appropriations bills in Democrats’ latest effort to end a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day. But although some Senate Republicans appeared to waver on keeping portions of the government closed over President Trump’s demands for $5.7...

House Approves Spending Bill With 1.9 Percent Civilian Pay Raise in Latest Attempt to Reopen Government

January 9, 2019 The House on Wednesday voted 240-188 to approve the first of four appropriations bills in Democrats’ latest effort to end a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day. But although some Senate Republicans appeared to waver on keeping portions of the government closed over President Trump’s demands for $5.7...

Back Pay for Some Contractors, TSP Loosens Loan Rules and More

January 9, 2019 More than a dozen House Democrats sponsored a bill Tuesday that would guarantee back pay for some federal contractors following the end of the partial government shutdown. Introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., the 2019 Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act (H.R. 339) would compensate contractors who provide...

Shutdown Complicates Federal Retirement Plans for Some

January 8, 2019 The partial government shutdown has created a complicated web in the realm of federal employee retirement, at the busiest time of the year for those who process requests. Whether a federal employee can retire during the lapse in appropriations depends on a number of factors, including which agency they work...

Federal Workers Recount Concerns Over Transit Payments, Qualifying for Mortgages and Other Shutdown Impacts

January 7, 2019 Federal employees on Monday said that the partial government shutdown, which entered its third week over the weekend, is already impacting their finances, even though they are not due to miss a paycheck until later this week. “Nearly 100 percent of our GS 5-13s live paycheck to paycheck,” said David...

Trump Administration Delays End of Pay Freeze for Political Appointees

January 7, 2019 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management pumped the brakes last week on implementation of a long-delayed pay raise for the vice president and top political appointees at federal agencies. Since 2013, Congress has included a provision in its spending packages to freeze the salaries of the vice president, Cabinet-level...

AFGE Seeks to Correct the Record after Member Union Endorses Shutdown

January 4, 2019 The nation’s largest federal employee labor union seemed to push back on statements in support of the partial government shutdown made Thursday by officials from one of its member unions in a press conference with President Trump. Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council said Thursday a wall along the...

Lawmakers Look to Ensure Furloughed Feds Receive Back Pay When Agencies Reopen

January 4, 2019 Maryland’s Senate delegation on Thursday reintroduced a bill to ensure that federal workers furloughed during the partial government shutdown, and any potential future shutdowns, will be promptly given back pay once federal agencies reopen. The 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 24), introduced by Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and...