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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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OPM Outlines Pay Changes, the Future of Long-Term Care and More

April 18, 2018 Last week, the Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget, released its first quarterly report on how to implement the cross-agency priorities outlined by President Trump’s management agenda. The document featured a laundry list of reforms to the hiring process, performance...

IG: OPM Needs Contingency Plan for Long-Term Care Insurance

April 17, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management inspector general recommended this week that the agency come up with a backup plan for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program after an audit of a bid process that produced only one application to administer the plan. In 2015, OPM decided not to renew...

Officials Highlight Pay for Performance, Streamlined Firing in New Management Document

April 16, 2018 Just weeks after the announcement of President Trump’s management agenda, three agency leaders have put together the first roadmap for implementation of the White House’s workforce goals. In a quarterly report released last week, the Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget described...

Employees At a Small Agency Trump Wants to Abolish Move Toward Unionization

April 13, 2018 Employees at the Chemical Safety Board are voting this month on whether to unionize and join the American Federation of Government Employees in an effort to protect themselves from alleged efforts to cut telework, changes to some people’s job classifications and the Trump administration’s repeated proposals to shutter the agency....

Appointee Watch: Former TSP Chairman Nominated to Lead Social Security

April 13, 2018 President Trump has tapped a veteran of federal employee retirement programs to lead the nation’s retirement safety net. Trump announced Thursday that he will nominate Andrew Saul to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a post that carries a six-year term. Saul previously was the chairman of the Federal...

Hill Investigators Uncover New 'Unethical and Potentially Illegal' Allegations Against Pruitt

April 12, 2018 Five Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Thursday outlining an array of new allegations of wasteful spending and employee retaliation, following an interview between former a EPA staffer and congressional investigators. Former EPA Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Kevin Chmielewski met with...

Feds Make 32 Percent Less than Private Sector Counterparts, Salary Council Says

April 11, 2018 Federal employees on average earn 31.86 percent less than their counterparts in non-federal jobs, said an advisory council on compensation issues Tuesday. The Federal Salary Council, a group of compensation experts and union officials that issues recommendations to the Presidential Pay Agent, made the determination based on data from the...

OPM Updates Weather Policies, Career Tenure Rules and More

April 11, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday announced new regulations governing time off for weather-related events, a move that could leave telework employees in the cold. In a memo to agencies, OPM Director Jeff Pon said the new rules, implemented as a result of the 2016 Administrative Leave Act, bar...

Watchdog: NASA Has Not Properly Handled Contractor Whistleblower Reprisal Cases

April 10, 2018 A government watchdog agency concluded that NASA has not been making final decisions on whistleblower reprisal investigations involving contractors on a timely basis, and has no defined process to ensure prompt action. In a report released Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office found that while NASA’s inspector general office completed all...

Report: Mulvaney Secured Big Pay Raises for Aides at Consumer Bureau

April 10, 2018 Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney gave exorbitant pay raises to aides he hired to help run the agency, the Associated Press reported. According to salary records obtained by the AP through an information request, Mulvaney, who splits time between leading CFPB and the Office of Management and...