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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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Union Leaders Demand Education Department Return to Negotiating Table

March 28, 2018 Labor leaders on Wednesday protested the Education Department’s unilateral implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement without buy-in of the agency’s union, and demanded negotiations on a new contract resume. Demonstrating outside of agency headquarters, officials decried the decision earlier this month to impose a new “management edict” that stripped...

GAO Improperly Distributed Overtime for Some; New Move to Disclose Federal Bonuses

March 28, 2018 The inspector general at the Government Accountability Office reported this week that the watchdog agency improperly spent nearly $80,000 on unscheduled overtime pay for criminal investigators who did not qualify for it, and questioned the need to authorize overtime at all. In fiscal 2017, GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service...

Prospects Unclear for Trump’s $1 Billion Performance Fund

March 27, 2018 The omission of one White House management proposal from the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2018, approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week, could serve as a bellwether for the administration’s plans to transform the federal workforce. The spending package includes a number of provisions...

Lawmaker Pushes for OMB to Release Agency Downsizing Plans Now

March 16, 2018 A House overseer has renewed calls for the White House to release agencies’ plans to downsize and reorganize, which were due last September to the Office of Management and Budget but have been kept private as “deliberative” documents. In a letter Friday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of...

Labor Agreement Forced on Education Dept. Employees Curtails Official Time, Cuts Employee Protections

March 15, 2018 Officials with the largest union representing federal employees have filed an unfair labor practices charge against the Education Department, after the agency unilaterally implemented a new collective bargaining agreement without approval from the labor group. According to a charge filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority by the American Federation...

A Student Loan Repayment Inquiry, a New Travel Ban for Feds and More

March 14, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to compile their annual reports on student loan repayments made on behalf of federal employees by the end of this month, including an analysis of the programs’ effectiveness. OPM Director Jeff Pon sent a memo to departments Tuesday outlining the requirements for...

Army Misused Civilian Pay Funds for Other Purposes, IG Says

March 13, 2018 The Defense Department Inspector General has accused Army budget officials of fudging the numbers in the service's budget requests for civilian employee compensation in order to pay for other items that were on the chopping block. In a partially redacted report released Monday, the inspector general said Army Command officials...

Feds in Work-Life Programs Perform Better at Their Jobs, Survey Says

March 12, 2018 Federal employees who are part of programs designed to preserve a better work-life balance are more likely to exceed expectations and better advance their agency’s mission, a recent report concluded. The Office of Personnel Management’s first Federal Work-Life Survey, released last week, evaluated a number of agency work-life programs, including...

Lawmakers Prepare Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, But Hurdles Abound

March 9, 2018 With two weeks until the deadline to avert another government shutdown, House lawmakers are working feverishly to hammer out an omnibus spending package to keep agencies open for the rest of fiscal 2018, with a goal of introducing the measure next week. Last month, Congress reached a two-year deal to...

Appointee Watch: HR Leaders Confirmed, While Another Official Resigns

March 8, 2018 Leading the news in the world of presidential appointments this week is the Senate’s vote Wednesday to confirm Jeff Pon as director of the Office of Personnel Management. This marks the first time in nearly three years that the federal government’s HR agency has had a permanent director. Senators also...