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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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House Democrats Recommend Zero Money for OPM Reorganization

April 5, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Democrats on the committee that oversees the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday asked their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to reject a White House request for money to transfer the majority of OPM’s functions to the General Services Administration. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee penned...

House Democrats Recommend Zero Money for OPM Reorganization

April 4, 2019 House Democrats on the committee that oversees the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday asked their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to reject a White House request for money to transfer the majority of OPM’s functions to the General Services Administration. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee penned...

Judges Fixate on Jurisdictional Question in Appeal of Decision Invalidating Trump Workforce Orders

April 4, 2019 During oral arguments Thursday for the Trump administration’s appeal of a court ruling invalidating the key portions of the president's executive orders targeting federal employee unions, judges spent most of their time focused on one issue: whether they are even allowed to hear the case. In May 2018, President Trump...

Lawmakers Seek to Protect Health Benefits During Future Shutdowns

April 3, 2019 Bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday would ensure federal employees affected by future government shutdowns would not be at risk of losing any of their health insurance benefits. The Ensuring FEDVIP and FLTCIP Coverage During Shutdowns Act (H.R. 2004 and S. 973), would protect enrollees in federal employee dental, vision and long-term...

Major League Baseball and the Trump Administration’s Common Approach to Labor Issues

April 2, 2019 A recent report on one way that professional baseball teams have sought to slow the growth of player salaries on a systematic basis has marked similarities to a Trump administration initiative to consolidate federal agencies’ approach to collective bargaining negotiations, experts said. Over the last several months, there has been...

Most TSP Funds Continued to Gain Ground in March

April 1, 2019 Every portfolio save one in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program continued their strong 2019 performance in March. The common stocks of the Thrift Savings Plan’s C Fund posted the strongest growth last month, increasing by 1.95 percent. So far in 2019, the portfolio has grown 13.65 percent. And...

Here's How Agencies Will Distribute the Retroactive Pay Raise

March 29, 2019 The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday evening published guidance to agencies and federal payroll processors on how to apply the 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees retroactively to Jan. 6. In a memo to agency heads, acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert highlighted that her agency has published...

Senate Panel Advances Budget Resolution Over Democratic Objections

March 28, 2019 A Senate panel voted by party lines Thursday to advance a budget proposal that would slash discretionary spending at non-defense agencies by 9 percent in fiscal 2020, including an instruction for the committee that governs federal employee benefits to cut $15 billion over the next five years. The Senate Budget...

White House Finalizes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for Civilian Feds

March 28, 2019 President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order authorizing a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees this year, retroactive to January, ending six weeks of waiting and speculation about when the measure would be implemented. On Feb. 15, Trump enacted a spending package to keep the government open through...

State Approves Law to Protect Feds in Future Shutdowns, and OPM Clarifies Leave Donations

March 27, 2019 As Congress continues to consider an array of bills aimed at preventing future government shutdowns or providing aid to workers impacted by lapses in appropriations, Maryland officials have stepped into the breach with their own protections for federal workers. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Federal Shutdown Paycheck...