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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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D.C.-Area Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Telework Programs

April 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A D.C.-area lawmaker said Friday that he believes a combination of negative perceptions of federal employees and “attitudinal and cultural barriers” in the workforce could help account for recent cutbacks to some agencies’ telework programs, and he is working to combat that trend. In recent months, the Agriculture Department significantly...

Trump Again Threatens Shutdown Over Wall Funding

April 30, 2018 President Trump during a rally in Michigan reiterated his threats not to accept a fiscal 2019 spending package that does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a speech to supporters, Trump touted the $1.6 billion appropriated for the wall in the omnibus spending bill...

D.C.-Area Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Telework Programs

April 27, 2018 A D.C.-area lawmaker said Friday that he believes a combination of negative perceptions of federal employees and “attitudinal and cultural barriers” in the workforce could help account for recent cutbacks to some agencies’ telework programs, and he is working to combat that trend. In recent months, the Agriculture Department significantly...

House GOP Group Envisions Massive Changes to Civil Service in Budget Proposal

April 26, 2018 A group of more than 150 conservative House lawmakers unveiled its plan for the fiscal 2019 budget Wednesday, which includes a complete transformation of the civil service that removes most protections for workers. The Republican Study Committee released its plan, entitled “A Framework for Unified Conservatism,” and said it would...

Federal Workforce Training and Education, Digital Personnel Records and More

April 25, 2018 Federal officials on Tuesday discussed opportunities both now and in the long term for improving the recruitment and retention of highly skilled federal workers, providing professional development and helping them achieve career goals. At an Office of Personnel Management event hosted by Government Executive Media Group’s custom publishing arm, Studio...

Democratic Senators Demand Swift Resolution to Snafu That Left Some Feds With High Tax Bills

April 24, 2018 A pair of Democratic senators penned a letter to the head of the General Services Administration Tuesday asking her to take steps to resolve a situation where federal employees found themselves on the hook for sizable tax bills related to government-paid relocation expenses after agencies made them move for work....

OPM Director Envisions More Influence for Human Capital Officers

April 24, 2018 The head of the Office of Personnel Management urged agencies on Monday to appoint qualified chief human capital officers to serve on an advisory council, and he announced plans to increase the influence of the group in shaping federal workforce policy. In a memorandum to departments, OPM Director Jeff Pon...

Patent Office Director: No 'Significant' Reorganization Planned

April 23, 2018 In testimony on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu told lawmakers that there will be no major shake-up to the agency’s structure or workforce. Iancu, who was confirmed by the Senate in February, discussed a variety of issues facing the agency before the Senate...

Management Chief: Trump Administration Will Renew Push for Performance Pay Fund

April 23, 2018 The Trump administration's management chief said last week that it is past time for Congress to make updates to the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. “We all know that it’s been 40 years since the last major civil service reform,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office...

Many Lose Jobs After National Park Service Changes Interpretation of Seasonal Work Rule

April 20, 2018 Tracey Wiese and her husband Bruce Carter have been employees of the National Park Service for more than 30 years. For the entirety of their careers at the agency, they have served as seasonal employees switching between different parks during the year and actively chose not to pursue permanent positions....