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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 Union Calls for More Hiring for CBP Preclearance Program

September 26, 2017 Leaders of a major federal employee union urged lawmakers on Tuesday to authorize additional funding for hiring more officers at Customs and Border Protection. The plea was in response to plans to expand inspections of foreign travelers at overseas airports before they travel to the United States. Tony Reardon, national...

House Fails to Approve Short-Term FAA Reauthorization

September 25, 2017 With less than a week until the deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, House Republicans appear poised to set aside their efforts to spin the agency’s air traffic control operations into a private nonprofit corporation, for now. House leaders brought forward the 2017 Tax Relief and Airport and Airway...

IG: Immigration and Border Agency Execs Used Security Details Without Legal Authority

September 22, 2017 A Homeland Security Department watchdog says that immigration and border enforcement agencies have been running protection details for executives without the legal authority to do so. The DHS Office of the Inspector General issued a report Sept. 14, which was redacted and made public this week, making the case that...

VA Needs Better Relocation Incentive Tracking, Flu Season Approaches and More

September 20, 2017 A government watchdog said the Veteran Affairs Department should do more to track the effectiveness of a program that helps relocating employees sell their homes. A Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday said VA has taken steps to tighten its internal controls over its use of the General Services Administration’s...

Governing Board Approves 20 Percent Increase to TSP Budget

September 19, 2017 The board that oversees federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement savings plan on Monday approved a $309.7 million budget for the Thrift Savings Plan in fiscal 2018, a 20.4 percent increase over this year. The ramp-up in anticipated spending comes as officials prepare to take on a massive influx in new participants...

Lawmakers Work Across the Aisle to Propose Compensation Boost for 15,000 Feds

September 15, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to correct what it calls an “injustice” in the federal pay sphere by boosting the compensation of federal firefighters. The Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act (H.R. 3733), introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., would require the federal government to incorporate...

Appointee Watch: Nominee for FEMA's No. 2 Job Withdraws

September 14, 2017 President Trump’s pick to be deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, after news reports alleging misconduct when he served in the George W. Bush administration. According to NBC News, Daniel A. Craig was found by the FBI and Homeland...

TSP Loosens Emergency Withdrawal Rules for Feds Affected By Irma

September 14, 2017 The administrators of federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement savings plan have relaxed the rules for workers to dip into their savings for the second time this month, after Hurricane Irma caused flooding in multiple cities in Florida earlier this week. The Thrift Savings Plan announced announced Wednesday that it is loosening...

Secret Service Overtime Bill Moves Forward, Vets in Government Make Less, and More

September 13, 2017 A House panel voted Wednesday to advance a bill that raises the cap on total pay U.S. Secret Service employees can earn in 2017. In August, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents had already hit the cap on the amount of overtime...

Union: Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Would Hurt 'Bread and Butter' Services Like Disaster Response

September 13, 2017 Officials with the largest federal employee union, environmentalists and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., came together Wednesday to demand lawmakers fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency, which faced steep cuts in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. “The hardworking men and women that [the American Federation of Government Employees] represents are...