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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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Paid Parental Leave, Human Capital Reviews and More

July 3, 2018 Legislation introduced in Congress last week would provide paid leave for federal civilian employees who have or adopt a child for the first time. The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 6275), introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., would provide federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave following the...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Files Brief Supporting Unions' Legal Challenge Against Workforce EOs

July 2, 2018 A bipartisan group of current and former lawmakers on Monday filed a brief in support of federal employee unions’ legal challenge against three controversial executive orders that seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and reduce the influence of federal employee unions. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Peter...

Most TSP Funds Flat in June

July 2, 2018 Most of the portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were stagnant last month. The small- and mid-size business stocks of the S Fund saw the greatest growth of any offerings in the Thrift Savings Plan in June, increasing 0.86 percent. That brings the fund's gains since January...

Survey: One in Three Feds Say They or a Colleague Have Received Threats in 2018

June 29, 2018 As partisan divisions deepen across the country, federal employees increasingly find themselves on the front lines of policy battles over which they have little control. As many as one in three federal employees say they recently have been threatened or harassed as a result of performing their jobs or know...

Watchdogs Investigate Homeland Security, HHS Handling of Separated Migrant Children

June 28, 2018 The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it would investigate federal departments’ actions in the separation and detention of thousands of migrant children taken from their parents under the Trump administration’s aborted “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. Additionally, the Health and Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General confirmed...

Supreme Court Union Ruling Could Energize Both Sides in Fight Over Civil Service Reform

June 27, 2018 The Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday morning to invalidate state and local public sector unions’ authority to collect “agency fees” from non-member employees could further entrench both sides in the debate over the future of collective bargaining in the federal sector. Although the 5-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of...

Expanded Access to Dental Insurance, Rising Participation in Blended Retirement and More

June 27, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that military retirees and family members will soon gain expanded access to government-administered dental and vision insurance. Until this year, most federal civilian retirees, their family members, retired reservists and military survivors have been eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental...

Lawmakers Demand to Know How Americans Got Their Hands on OPM Hack Data

June 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers about how Americans might have used personal information that was compromised in the 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management, after two people pleaded guilty to charges related to a bank fraud conspiracy. On June 18, the Justice Department announced that two people had...

Lawmakers Demand to Know How Americans Got Their Hands on OPM Hack Data

June 26, 2018 Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers about how Americans might have used personal information that was compromised in the 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management, after two people pleaded guilty to charges related to a bank fraud conspiracy. On June 18, the Justice Department announced that two people had...

House Democrats Demand Documents on Education Department’s ‘Union Busting’ Effort

June 26, 2018 Top Democrats on two House committees are demanding that Education Secretary Betsy Devos provide documents related to a department decision earlier this year to implement a new collective bargaining agreement without its union’s consent and to return to the negotiating table. Earlier this year, the Education Department cut off negotiations...