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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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Defense Bill Compromise Boosts 2018 Military Pay Raise

November 9, 2017 Leaders in the House and Senate on Wednesday announced that they had reached an agreement on a $700 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2018, which includes a 2.4 percent across-the-board pay raise for military personnel. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...

Defense Bill Compromise Includes a Bigger 2018 Pay Raise for Military Members

November 8, 2017 Leaders in the House and Senate on Wednesday announced that they had reached an agreement on a $700 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2018, which includes a 2.4 percent across-the-board pay raise for military personnel. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...

TSP Hardship Withdrawal Programs Extended, OPM Waives Pay Cap for Disaster Volunteers and More

November 8, 2017 Officials at the 401(k)-style retirement savings program for federal employees announced Monday that they would extend the deadline for workers and retirees impacted by Hurricane Maria to make withdrawals from their accounts under relaxed rules. In September, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, devastating the island....

Feds Are Flocking to the Same Few Health Care Plans Despite Choices

November 7, 2017 As the Office of Personnel Management worked to increase the number of health insurance plans available to federal employees over the last 15 years, workers actually flocked to the most popular carriers, analysts found. According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office Monday, over the last decade, the...

OPM Retirement Backlog Balloons Again in October

November 6, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday reported a slowdown in its processing of federal employee retirement claims in October, marking the first significant increase to its backlog since July. Last month, OPM received 8,850 new retirement claims from departing federal workers, which was only slightly more than the 8,810...

Senate Panel Requests Information on Whistleblower Retaliation at TSA

November 3, 2017 The leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is demanding information from the Transportation Security Administration on its efforts to prevent whistleblower retaliation and to promote merit-based decision-making after the agency received poor scores on an annual employee survey. Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Ranking Member Claire...

Appointee Watch: Agriculture Nominee Withdraws, Fed Chair Nominated, and More

November 3, 2017 The White House has had something of a busy week when it comes to the process of filling the top ranks of the federal government. On Thursday, President Trump announced his much-awaited choice to succeed Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve: current board member Jerome Powell. The president...

House Panel Approves Bill Doubling Feds’ Probationary Period

November 2, 2017 A House committee voted Thursday to advance a bill that would increase the probationary period for most new federal employees, although Democrats argued the measure would degrade civil servants’ due process rights. Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-17 to send the Ensuring a Qualified Civil...

Leave Transfer for Wildfires, TSP Portfolios Grow, and More

November 1, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that it has established an emergency leave transfer program for federal employees that are victims of the recent wildfires in northern California. Similar to recently approved programs for feds impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida, OPM’s latest measure allows federal...

Drop in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Participation Raises Concerns

October 31, 2017 When the Office of Personnel Management announced the results of the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey on Oct. 12, officials lauded increases to benchmarks that gauge employee engagement and satisfaction, but some fear a drop in participation could mask eroding morale in government. Across government, there was a 3-point increase...