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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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House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect Telework at Agencies

July 26, 2018 Democratic House members introduced legislation Thursday to protect and expand the use of telework at federal agencies, partly in response to recent policies to limit the practice at the Education and Agriculture departments. The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md.,...

Republican Lawmaker: 'It’s Long Past Time' for Federal Parental Paid Leave

July 25, 2018 A Republican lawmaker in a Northern Virginia district that is home to many federal employees said at a panel discussion Monday that now may be the best chance for Congress to provide civil servants with access to paid parental leave. “Paid parental leave in the federal government is really long...

White House Opposes Senate Pay Raise Proposal

July 24, 2018 The Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday that it is “concerned” about a provision of the Senate’s latest minibus spending package that would provide a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees next year. On Monday, the Senate began debate on a fiscal 2019 appropriations bill covering a...

White House Dismisses Unions' Complaints Against Workforce Executive Orders as Premature

July 24, 2018 Attorneys for the government plan to argue Wednesday that a federal court lacks jurisdiction to hear a legal challenge against President Trump's recent workforce executive orders, and that unions were premature in filing the challenge. But a cursory look at the actions taken by the Trump administration and federal agencies...

'Chaos' as VA Implements Executive Order Limiting Union Official Time

July 20, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department announced Friday that it has begun implementation of the Trump administration’s controversial executive order significantly curbing unions’ ability to use official time to represent employees. The department said about 1,700 of the VA’s more than 300,000 employees use official time, the practice by which an agency...

Article Casts Doubt on the Legality of Trump's Administrative Law Judge EO

July 20, 2018 An attorney with the Congressional Research Service wrote Wednesday that court precedent and the Administrative Procedures Act may significantly limit the Trump administration’s legal authority as it implements the recent executive order removing administrative law judges from the competitive hiring process. In an article in CRS’ Legal Sidebar series, legislative...

Social Security Executives Force New Contract on Administrative Law Judge Union

July 19, 2018 Officials at the Social Security Administration informed the union representing administrative law judges Thursday that it is unilaterally implementing a new management edict, effectively voiding an existing collective bargaining agreement. In an email to officials at the Association of Administrative Law Judges, SSA Associate Commissioner in the Office of Labor-Management...

House Backs Pay Freeze, Setting Up Fight With Senate

July 19, 2018 The House on Thursday approved a fiscal 2019 appropriations package 217-199 that effectively endorses President Trump’s proposal to freeze federal civilian employees’ pay next year, putting it at odds with the Senate on the issue. The Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which is included in the minibus package...

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

July 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Representatives from state governments and the financial and hospital industries testified Wednesday that they spend too much time working to comply with a cavalcade of duplicative, outdated or contradictory federal rules, although they stopped short of rejecting regulation in principle. At the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee's sparsely attended...

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

July 18, 2018 Representatives from state governments and the financial and hospital industries testified Wednesday that they spend too much time working to comply with a cavalcade of duplicative, outdated or contradictory federal rules, although they stopped short of rejecting regulation in principle. At the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee's sparsely attended...