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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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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...

Funded Agencies’ Paychecks to Go Out on Time, Despite Shutdown Impacting Largest Payroll Processor

January 3, 2019 Officials with the Agriculture Department confirmed Thursday that although it is subject to the partial government shutdown, the government’s largest payroll processor, which is housed within the department, will get the next round of paychecks out on time for all agencies that have appropriations. The National Finance Center is responsible...

Federal Workforce’s Largest Union Sues Over Unpaid Labor During Shutdown

January 2, 2019 The nation’s largest federal employee union on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over employees being forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown that began last month. Led by two Bureau of Prisons employees, the American Federation of Government Employees and a Washington, D.C., employment...

Frozen Locality Pay, a Possible Pay Raise for Political Appointees and More

January 2, 2019 Although federal employees in several regions were slated to receive a pay increase to subsidize living in more expensive areas this year, that will have to wait. The pause comes as a result of President Trump’s executive order last week freezing the pay of civilian federal workers. Last month, the...

Most TSP Funds Take a Nosedive in December

January 2, 2019 The portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan were not immune to the sharp downturn in the stock market in the waning days of 2018, as most funds saw sharp declines. The small- and mid-size businesses in the S Fund had the worst decline last month, falling 10.70...

Trump Imposes Pay Freeze on Civilian Feds for 2019

December 28, 2018 After months of speculation, President Trump followed through on a March proposal and instituted a pay freeze for federal civilian employees. In an executive order issued Friday, Trump confirmed that pay rates would remain stagnant next year for non-military federal workers. The news comes despite statements from the president in...

As Shutdown Continues, Feds Await Pay Decision

December 27, 2018 With less than a week remaining before the end of 2018, federal employees still do not know how much they will be paid next year. The White House has four days to issue an order establishing how much to compensate federal workers, or else massive automatic pay increases will take...