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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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Congress on Collision Course Ahead of Shutdown Deadline

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to fund defense priorities for the remainder of fiscal 2018 but keep domestic programs under a short-term continuing resolution, setting up a clash with Democrats just days ahead of Friday’s deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Last week, House Finance Committee Chairman...

Congress on Collision Course Ahead of Shutdown Deadline

December 19, 2017 House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to fund defense priorities for the remainder of fiscal 2018 but keep domestic programs under a short-term continuing resolution, setting up a clash with Democrats just days ahead of Friday’s deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Last week, House Finance Committee Chairman...

Watchdog: OPM Can Do More to Help Agencies Use Recruitment, Retention Incentives

December 18, 2017 Although a majority of federal agencies said they struggle with using financial incentives to recruit and retain employees due to budget constraints, analysts recommended that the Office of Personnel Management do more to make the approval process more predictable and streamlined. The Government Accountability Office released a report last week...

OPM Tells Agencies to Stop Working Collaboratively with Unions

December 15, 2017 Federal agencies may use President Trump’s executive order abolishing labor-management councils across government as justification for throwing out collective bargaining agreements with their workforces, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management suggested Wednesday. In a memo to agencies, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan instructed departments to abolish their labor-management forums...

Proposal for a 2019 Pay Freeze Called 'Dunderheaded' and 'Pennywise and Pound Foolish'

December 14, 2017 Lawmakers and federal employee groups on Thursday blasted reports that the Trump administration would institute a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees in 2019 as a “foolish” idea that could decimate participation in public service. Documents from the Office of Management and Budget and the Homeland Security Department provided...

A Potential Pay Cut for Some Feds, Expanded Telework and More

December 13, 2017 A recently introduced bill in Congress could substantially cut the pay of more than 1,000 federal employees in an already beleaguered agency. The 2017 CFPB Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 4499), introduced last month by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., would restrict the pay of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees to be...

GOP Lawmakers Seek to Repeal OPM Obamacare Program

December 12, 2017 A pair of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would repeal an Office of Personnel Management program to provide national insurance plans for states that request them, citing it as underutilized. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program...

OPM Leadership Void Leaves Locality Pay Advisers Twisting in the Wind

December 11, 2017 Every year, the Federal Salary Council and the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee submit recommendations to the White House for tailoring federal pay based on regional cost differences. At least, that’s how it used to work. Members of the most recent Federal Salary Council confirmed Monday that they have not...

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear. The Senate voted 81-14 for the stop-gap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a stopgap authorization for...

Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount

December 7, 2017 Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear. The Senate voted 81-14 for the stopgap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a temporary authorization for...