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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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A Student Loan Repayment Inquiry, a New Travel Ban for Feds and More

March 14, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to compile their annual reports on student loan repayments made on behalf of federal employees by the end of this month, including an analysis of the programs’ effectiveness. OPM Director Jeff Pon sent a memo to departments Tuesday outlining the requirements for...

Army Misused Civilian Pay Funds for Other Purposes, IG Says

March 13, 2018 The Defense Department Inspector General has accused Army budget officials of fudging the numbers in the service's budget requests for civilian employee compensation in order to pay for other items that were on the chopping block. In a partially redacted report released Monday, the inspector general said Army Command officials...

Feds in Work-Life Programs Perform Better at Their Jobs, Survey Says

March 12, 2018 Federal employees who are part of programs designed to preserve a better work-life balance are more likely to exceed expectations and better advance their agency’s mission, a recent report concluded. The Office of Personnel Management’s first Federal Work-Life Survey, released last week, evaluated a number of agency work-life programs, including...

Lawmakers Prepare Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, But Hurdles Abound

March 9, 2018 With two weeks until the deadline to avert another government shutdown, House lawmakers are working feverishly to hammer out an omnibus spending package to keep agencies open for the rest of fiscal 2018, with a goal of introducing the measure next week. Last month, Congress reached a two-year deal to...

Appointee Watch: HR Leaders Confirmed, While Another Official Resigns

March 8, 2018 Leading the news in the world of presidential appointments this week is the Senate’s vote Wednesday to confirm Jeff Pon as director of the Office of Personnel Management. This marks the first time in nearly three years that the federal government’s HR agency has had a permanent director. Senators also...

As Clearance Backlog Soars Past 710,000, Senators Want to Know Why

March 8, 2018 Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled officials and stakeholders in the process for investigating job candidates for security clearances over a backlog that has more than tripled in four years. As of last month, more than 710,000 investigations remain unresolved. That’s an increase over 581,200 cases in April 2017, and a backlog...

Senate Panel Seeks Answers on Clearance Backlog

March 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled officials and stakeholders in the process for investigating job candidates for security clearances over a backlog that has more than tripled in four years. As of last month, more than 710,000 investigations remain unresolved. That’s an increase over 581,200 cases in April 2017, and a backlog...

OPM Gets a Permanent Director After Nearly 3 Years of Acting Leaders

March 8, 2018 The Senate confirmed by voice vote Wednesday night President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, officially ending a months-long standoff over his nomination. OPM's last permanent director, Katherine Archuleta, resigned in July 2015 and since then, the agency has been led by...

Senate Panel Seeks Answers on Clearance Backlog

March 7, 2018 Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled officials and stakeholders in the process for investigating job candidates for security clearances over a backlog that has more than tripled in four years. As of last month, more than 710,000 investigations remain unresolved. That’s an increase over 581,200 cases in April 2017, and a backlog...

Retirement Backlog Continues to Grow, Compensation Fund in Budget Won’t Be for Raises, and More

March 7, 2018 The annual flood of federal employee retirement claims spilled into February this year, as the Office of Personnel Management’s retirement backlog topped the 24,000 mark. There were 13,290 new retirement claims filed last month, which marks a slight decrease from the 14,590 requests made in January, when the number of...