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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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A Guide to Your Pay and Benefits During a Government Shutdown, and More

April 19, 2017 When lawmakers return to Washington next week, they will have only a few days to approve a spending measure in order to avert a government shutdown beginning April 29. It remains unclear whether Congress and the White House can come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the...

Appointee Watch: Trump Names Officials to Ex-Im Bank, State Dept. and More

April 18, 2017 President Trump made more progress in recent days toward filling the federal government’s long list of political appointments, naming his picks for two vacancies at the embattled Export-Import Bank as well as for positions at a smattering of other agencies. Trump chose former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to serve as...

Advocacy Groups Warn Against ‘Illegal’ Hiring Practices at Justice

April 14, 2017 A collection of 23 progressive and public interest advocacy organizations and former White House ethics officer Norman Eisen penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week urging him not to let political considerations influence hiring decisions at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The group stressed that federal...

OMB’s Budget Guidance Draws Mixed Reaction From Employee Groups

April 13, 2017 Organizations representing federal employees and managers expressed a mix of optimism and skepticism in response to Wednesday’s guidance to agencies from the Office of Management and Budget. The memo ends the temporary hiring freeze that President Trump imposed in January, but instructs agencies to come up with plans by June...

Predicted Federal Retirement Spike Hasn’t Materialized, But a Pay Raise Has

April 12, 2017 The big news this week is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s budget guidance to federal agencies, which ends the hiring freeze that began Jan. 23 but requires departments to come up with plans to reduce spending and shrink the federal workforce. Mulvaney confirmed that President Trump’s fiscal...

Appointee Watch: The Trump Administration Takes Shape

April 10, 2017 It’s a daunting task to staff a new administration. There are about 4,000 political appointee positions across government, 1,100 of which require Senate confirmation. Staffing these jobs will be essential to carrying out the president’s agenda. While President Trump named his cabinet picks relatively quickly, he’s lagged in filling lower...

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Protecting Federal Employee Pay Ahead of Possible Shutdown

April 7, 2017 As the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of April looms, some Democratic senators want to give federal employees peace of mind that they will not end up losing any pay regardless of whether their offices close. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bill (S.861) Wednesday that would...

Small Agency Takes Heat for Steep Drop in Employee Satisfaction Scores

April 7, 2017 The chairman of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Thursday grilled the managing director of the Surface Transportation Board about the agency’s precipitous drop in scores on the annual survey of federal employees’ job satisfaction. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wanted answers about what caused the agency, which regulates...

Senators Propose Loosening TSP Withdrawal Restrictions

April 6, 2017 Two senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to loosen the restrictions on how federal employees and retirees can withdraw money from the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP Modernization Act, introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Tom Carper, D-Del., comes at the request of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment...

Pentagon Needs to Set Clear Goals to Improve Acquisition Workforce

April 6, 2017 A Defense Department program aimed at improving the quality of the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce needs to establish concrete time frames and metrics for measuring success, the Government Accountability Office found. Congress established the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund in 2008 to provide Pentagon officials with a dedicated funding source to...