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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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Labor Relations Agency Moves Ahead with Regional Office Closure Plan

September 12, 2018 The Federal Labor Relations Authority announced Wednesday that it will move forward with controversial plans to close regional offices in Dallas and Boston, citing decreasing caseloads. First announced earlier this year, the plan targets two of the FLRA’s offices with the lowest case intake over the last five years, and...

A Fossil-Free TSP, Wellness at Federal Agencies and More

September 12, 2018 The federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program could offer participants a fund devoid of fossil fuel investments, if one lawmaker has his way. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced the Retirement Investments for a Sustainable Economy Act (S.3424) last week. The legislation would require the Thrift Savings Plan to offer a...

Measure Would End Time Limit on GI Bill Transfers While on Active Duty

September 11, 2018 A House lawmaker is aiming to block a portion of recently announced changes to the rules governing the transfer of education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill to a service member’s spouse or dependent. In July, the Defense Department announced that it would shorten the amount of service needed to...

Conference Committee Make-Up Could Favor Giving Feds a Pay Raise in 2019

September 10, 2018 As lawmakers on Capitol Hill negotiate what should be included in a minibus spending package for the Interior and Environment, Agriculture, Financial Services and other agencies beginning this week, they appear to be facing a close decision on whether civilian federal employees should receive a raise next year. Last week,...

How Senior Executives and Good Government Groups Would Like to Reshape the SES

September 7, 2018 A group of good government organizations and professional associations on Thursday released a proposal to reform the Senior Executive Service, focusing on improving training, professional development and reserving certain positions for career federal workers. The Partnership for Public Service, the Volcker Alliance and the Senior Executives Association unveiled an SES...

Unions Remain Vigilant As Most Agencies Begin Rolling Back Workforce Executive Orders

September 7, 2018 Federal employee unions have reported that a number of agencies have begun to comply with a court decision invalidating key provisions of President Trump’s executive orders that sought to make it easier to fire federal workers and reduce the influence of unions in the workplace. Departments have begun the process...

Trump Renews Shutdown Threat as Congress Considers Spending Bills

September 6, 2018 President Trump on Wednesday revived his on-again off-again threat to trigger a government shutdown if lawmakers do not appropriate more money for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “If it happens, it happens,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with congressional leaders. “If it’s about border security, I’m willing...

Federal Union Accuses VA Official of Illegal Taping of Deliberations

September 5, 2018 A federal employee union on Wednesday accused the management negotiating team at the Veterans Affairs Department of surreptitiously recording the union negotiators’ private conversations. Last week, National Federation of Federal Employees officials met with VA's management representatives in Atlanta for discussions over which parts of an existing collective bargaining agreement...

A Pay Freeze in Doubt, and Back Pay for Fired VA Employees

September 5, 2018 As Congress last week prepared to negotiate whether to provide federal civilian employees with a 1.9 percent pay increase next year, President Trump introduced additional uncertainty to the conversation. Just one day after following up on his fiscal 2019 budget plan with a formal proposal to freeze federal workers’ pay,...

Trump Appears to Waver on Pay Freeze

September 4, 2018 Just 24 hours after formalizing his plan to freeze the pay of civilian federal employees, President Trump appeared open to backtracking on the proposal. Last Thursday, Trump issued an alternative pay plan that would freeze federal workers’ pay at 2018 levels, a move required by the end of August to...