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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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13 Unions File Lawsuit Against All Three Workforce Executive Orders

June 13, 2018 A group of 13 federal employee unions jointly sued the Trump administration and the Office of Personnel Management Wednesday, challenging the legality of three controversial workforce executive orders. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the third legal challenge from federal employee unions, but...

Debt-Free College for Future Feds, Expanding Military Parental Leave and More

June 13, 2018 A Democratic senator introduced a bill last month that would allow students to graduate from college debt-free, provided they enter public service. The Strengthening American Communities Act (S. 2984), introduced in May by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland but announced last week, would establish a National Public Service Education Grant...

Republican Lawmakers Ask Trump to Repeal Workforce Executive Orders

June 13, 2018 A group of 21 House Republicans sent a letter to President Trump Sunday asking him to reverse course on three controversial executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal workers and curbing the influence of federal employee unions. In the letter, the GOP members of Congress touted the...

New Collective Bargaining Rules Won't Hurt Telework, OPM Says

June 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials at the Office of Personnel Management said Monday that an executive order signed by President Trump last month that seeks to shorten the collective bargaining negotiation process and curb the influence of federal employee unions won’t impact existing workplace priorities like promoting telework. The executive order is controversial, but...

New Collective Bargaining Rules Won't Hurt Telework, OPM Says

June 12, 2018 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management said Monday that an executive order signed by President Trump last month that seeks to shorten the collective bargaining negotiation process and curb the influence of federal employee unions won’t impact existing workplace priorities like promoting telework. The executive order is controversial, but...

Union Files Injunction to Stop Workforce Executive Orders

June 12, 2018 The nation’s second largest federal employee union has filed an injunction to prevent the implementation of two of President Trump’s recent executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire poor performers and curbing the ability of employee groups to represent federal workers. The National Treasury Employees Union on Friday...

Heritage Report Could Provide Clues About Coming Agency Reorganization Plans

June 11, 2018 As federal employees and observers await the release of the Office of Management and Budget's upcoming agency reorganization plans later this month, a 2017 report from a conservative think tank could shed some light on the types of proposals that could be included in the document. Last week, Politico reported...

Survey: Half of Feds Support White House Attempts to Ease Firing Process

June 8, 2018 A slim majority of federal civilian employees support the Trump administration’s efforts to make it easier to fire people, according to a new poll, but the employee groups that oppose the firing initiative also have strong backing. A flash poll conducted by the Government Business Council, the research arm of...

Appointee Watch: A Wave of State, Defense Nominations

June 7, 2018 Last month, President Trump announced his third pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, following multiple ethics scandals with previous choices. Trump has tapped former acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to assume the role on a permanent basis, after former presidential physician Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration following a number...

Report: Agency Reorganization Plans Include Massive Shake-up at HHS, Agriculture

June 6, 2018 The Office of Management and Budget reportedly has nearly completed its work on long-awaited plans to reorganize the federal government and agency plans could be available for public scrutiny later this month. Politico reported Wednesday that among the biggest proposals is an effort to greatly expand the Health and Human...