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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 Redoubles Retirement Processing Efforts Ahead of January Surge

January 8, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management more than doubled the number of retirement claims it processed last month when compared with November, as the agency prepared for an annual surge of new requests. In recent months, the number of retirement claims processed by OPM had waned because, officials said last year,...

No. 2 Senate Democrat Threatens Shutdown Over Immigration Issues

January 8, 2018 While Republican and Democratic lawmakers have indicated that negotiations over a long-term spending bill have been productive, the White House’s hard line on immigration threatens to scuttle efforts to avert a shutdown before the Jan. 19 deadline. House and Senate leaders met with White House officials last week, and both...

Appointee Watch: More Musical Chairs on the Horizon?

January 5, 2018 As the Trump administration approaches the one-year mark, rumors again have begun swirling about Cabinet-level officials trading positions. Politico reported Friday that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told colleagues that he is interested in becoming attorney general, should Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign or be forced out. On...

OPM Extends Pay Freeze for Top Administration Officials

January 4, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that it is effectively extending the pay freeze for top administration officials until the next federal government shutdown deadline on Jan. 19. Last month, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan said in a memo formalizing the 2018 pay tables for federal workers that a...

Senator Subpoenas OPM Over 2013 Obamacare Rule

January 3, 2018 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., last month escalated matters in his fight to secure documents from the Office of Personnel Management about a controversial rule related to the Affordable Care Act, issuing a subpoena to the agency over files he claims have been withheld...

TSP Shows Modest Gains, Blended Retirement Goes Live and More

January 3, 2018 Monday marked the launch of the federal government’s new blended retirement system for military personnel, and officials at the government's 401(k)-style retirement savings plan have developed a wealth of new material to acquaint service members with the program. Beginning Jan. 1, all new members of the military are automatically enrolled...

What the 2018 Pay Raise Means for You

December 27, 2017 Members of the Senior Executive Service will see an increase in their pay of between $1,742 and $2,400 come January, according to the new pay table released by the Office of Personnel Management. SES employees at agencies with a certified performance appraisal system can earn a maximum of $189,600 next...

Trump Issues 2018 Pay Raise Order

December 22, 2017 President Trump on Friday issued an executive order finalizing his pay increase plan for federal employees for 2018. The White House stuck with previously announced plans to increase federal civilian pay by 1.9 percent next year, with 1.4 percent going toward an across-the-board increase and 0.5 percent going to locality-based...

White House Calls for ‘Fundamental Reform’ to Feds’ Pay, Delays New 2018 Localities

December 22, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday released the President's Pay Agent report implementing locality pay adjustments for 2018, which authorizes a 2016 proposal to add two cities to the list of areas where civilian employees will receive a greater pay increase but calls for "fundamental reforms" to federal compensation....

Trump Names Two Federal Pay Raise Advisers

December 21, 2017 President Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint two people to the board tasked with reviewing how much of a raise federal employees should receive based on where they live, ending almost a year of inaction on the issue. Trump named veteran federal personnel official Ron Sanders to serve...