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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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Thousands of Feds Still Await Back Pay After Shutdown

February 7, 2019 Despite efforts to ensure that federal workers impacted by the 35-day partial government shutdown received back pay as quickly as possible, an official at the government’s largest payroll processor confirmed Thursday that “thousands” of employees at the Homeland Security Department are still waiting for their first paycheck of the year,...

TSP Proposes New Shutdown Loan Rules, OPM Considers Health Care Portal, and More

February 6, 2019 Officials with the agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program published an interim rule Tuesday that would ensure federal employees impacted by a government shutdown can take out loans on their Thrift Savings Plan accounts regardless of how long the lapse in appropriations is expected to last....

Study: Federal Workforce Is on the Verge of Catastrophe

February 6, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new study released by the Senior Executives Association paints a dire picture of the federal workforce, one that is stretched too thin, hampered by old technology and the target of partisan attacks. Without a significant overhaul, agencies may fail to provide adequate services when they are needed most, the...

Study: Federal Workforce Is on the Verge of Catastrophe

February 5, 2019 A new study released by the Senior Executives Association paints a dire picture of the federal workforce, one that is stretched too thin, hampered by old technology and the target of partisan attacks. Without a significant overhaul, agencies may fail to provide adequate services when they are needed most, the...

USDA Economists Seek to Unionize Amid Relocation Effort

February 4, 2019 Later this year, employees at the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service will vote on whether to join the nation’s largest federal employee union, in an effort to protect themselves as the department considers whether to relocate the agency outside of the Washington, D.C., region. Peter Winch, special assistant to the...

The Various Plans to Avert Future Government Shutdowns

February 1, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In recent weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been brainstorming ways to end the practice of shutting down federal agencies if Congress cannot reach an agreement on how to fund them before a spending deadline hits. Following the end of the 35-day partial government shutdown, which the...

TSP Funds Rebound From Disastrous December

February 1, 2019 After a tumultuous December in which most funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program ended in the red, all portfolios in the Thrift Savings Plan rebounded in the first month of 2019. The S Fund, which is made up of small- and mid-size businesses, led the way, growing...

Judge Warns Government on Anti-Deficiency Act Claims in Shutdown Lawsuits

January 31, 2019 A U.S. District Court judge said the Justice Department will have a “steep uphill battle” to defend the Treasury Department’s decision to recall thousands of Internal Revenue Service employees to process tax refunds during the partial government shutdown. At a status hearing to discuss the next steps in three lawsuits...

The Various Plans to Avert Future Government Shutdowns

January 31, 2019 In recent weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been brainstorming ways to end the practice of shutting down federal agencies if Congress cannot reach an agreement on how to fund them before a spending deadline hits. Following the end of the 35-day partial government shutdown, which the...

2.6 Percent Pay Raise Bill Passes House, Shutdown-Related TSP Withdrawals Exceed $140M, and More

January 30, 2019 The House voted 259-161 Wednesday to approve a bill that would provide pay parity between the federal civilian and military workforces by authorizing a 2.6 percent pay raise for 2019, retroactive to Jan. 1. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. Federal employee groups quickly applauded the...