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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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Report: IG Is Investigating State Dept. Reassignments

May 18, 2018 Officials at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General reportedly have confirmed that the office is formally investigating whether career employees were reassigned to posts outside their area of expertise for political reasons. Talking Points Memo reported that OIG spokeswoman Sarah Breen described the review as “ongoing.” Breen did...

These Agencies Saw the Biggest Changes in Use of 'Official Time' Over Two Years

May 18, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management’s new report on the use of official time at federal agencies in fiscal 2016 found that while the overall amount of time union officials governmentwide were paid to perform representational duties had increased by 4.12 percent since fiscal 2014, some individual agencies saw much greater...

OPM Reports 4 Percent Increase in Use of Official Time Over Two Years

May 17, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management released a report Thursday on the use of official time at federal agencies in fiscal 2016, stating that the amount of paid time used by union officials for representational duties had increased by 4.12 percent since fiscal 2014. In a press release accompanying the report,...

White House Officials Defend Federal Benefits Cuts, Management Agenda

May 16, 2018 Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon defended the Trump administration's proposal to cut retirement benefits for federal workers before a House panel Wednesday, arguing the government should shift from pensions toward a defined contribution program. Pon, answering questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing...

A Fix for the Relocation Tax Snafu, an Unsuccessful Push for TRICARE Expansion, and More

May 16, 2018 The General Services Administration on Monday took steps to correct a situation where federal employees found themselves on the hook for sizeable tax bills related to government-paid relocation expenses after agencies made them move for work. Officials at the Senior Executives Association had lodged complaints that federal employees who recently...

Bill Would Provide Lifetime Identity Protection to Feds Affected By OPM Data Breach

May 14, 2018 Two Washington-area Democrats have proposed a measure that would extend the identity theft protection offered to victims of the 2015 Office of Personnel Management data breach to last for life. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., introduced the Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM...

OPM Retirement Cut Legislative Proposal Draws Bipartisan Opposition

May 11, 2018 Just a week after Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting legislation that would cut federal employee retirement benefits, there seems to be little momentum behind the initiative. Late last week, Pon proposed legislation for a number of retirement cuts, all...

Northern Virginia Feds Brace for 2019 Metro Closures

May 10, 2018 Federal workers in Northern Virginia may need to find a new way to get to work next year, as officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced this week that some Virginia Metro stations will be closed in summer 2019. On Monday, WMATA announced a multi-year effort to rebuild...

OPM Chief Defends Pay Freeze as a Chance to 'Right-Size' Compensation Across Occupations

May 9, 2018 Two of the federal government’s top management officials on Wednesday defended proposals to freeze civilian workers’ pay in 2019 and to implement myriad cuts to retirement benefit programs. At a civil service reform town hall hosted by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon...

Retirement Claims Wane, a Tweak to Rules for Resigning From Your Job and More

May 9, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday issued a memo tweaking the rules governing how agencies handle employees who resign while under investigation. In a memo to chief human capital officers, OPM Director Jeff Pon implemented a new provision of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requiring agencies to make...