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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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'Chaos' as VA Implements Executive Order Limiting Union Official Time

July 20, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department announced Friday that it has begun implementation of the Trump administration’s controversial executive order significantly curbing unions’ ability to use official time to represent employees. The department said about 1,700 of the VA’s more than 300,000 employees use official time, the practice by which an agency...

Article Casts Doubt on the Legality of Trump's Administrative Law Judge EO

July 20, 2018 An attorney with the Congressional Research Service wrote Wednesday that court precedent and the Administrative Procedures Act may significantly limit the Trump administration’s legal authority as it implements the recent executive order removing administrative law judges from the competitive hiring process. In an article in CRS’ Legal Sidebar series, legislative...

Social Security Executives Force New Contract on Administrative Law Judge Union

July 19, 2018 Officials at the Social Security Administration informed the union representing administrative law judges Thursday that it is unilaterally implementing a new management edict, effectively voiding an existing collective bargaining agreement. In an email to officials at the Association of Administrative Law Judges, SSA Associate Commissioner in the Office of Labor-Management...

House Backs Pay Freeze, Setting Up Fight With Senate

July 19, 2018 The House on Thursday approved a fiscal 2019 appropriations package 217-199 that effectively endorses President Trump’s proposal to freeze federal civilian employees’ pay next year, putting it at odds with the Senate on the issue. The Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which is included in the minibus package...

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

July 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Representatives from state governments and the financial and hospital industries testified Wednesday that they spend too much time working to comply with a cavalcade of duplicative, outdated or contradictory federal rules, although they stopped short of rejecting regulation in principle. At the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee's sparsely attended...

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

July 18, 2018 Representatives from state governments and the financial and hospital industries testified Wednesday that they spend too much time working to comply with a cavalcade of duplicative, outdated or contradictory federal rules, although they stopped short of rejecting regulation in principle. At the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee's sparsely attended...

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

July 18, 2018 Representatives from state governments and the financial and hospital industries testified Wednesday that they spend too much time working to comply with a cavalcade of duplicative, outdated or contradictory federal rules, although they stopped short of rejecting regulation in principle. At the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee's sparsely attended...

Expanded Job Training for Vets, GI Bill Changes and More

July 18, 2018 The House Veterans' Affairs Committee last week voted to advance several measures that would expand benefits for veteran military personnel and reservists. The Reserve Component Vocational Rehabilitation Parity Act (H.R. 5538), introduced by Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., would expand eligibility for vocational rehabilitation and employment programs to reservists called into...

House Panel Advances Bills to Streamline Firing, Reduce Employee Protections

July 17, 2018 Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Tuesday to advance two pieces of legislation that would severely curtail the due process protections of federal employees facing discipline or dismissal. The committee voted along party lines to send the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act (H.R....

Judges' Union: Supreme Court Decision an 'Excuse' to Politicize ALJs

July 16, 2018 The Association of Administrative Law Judges denounced the Trump administration’s recent executive order removing the judges from the competitive hiring process, calling it an effort to politicize a segment of the civil service. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order moving the hiring of administrative law judges out of...