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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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OPM Could Do More to Help Agencies Fight Perception High-Performers Aren't Rewarded

November 21, 2018 A government watchdog agency reported Tuesday that the Office of Personnel Management could be more proactive in its efforts to improve performance management practices at federal agencies. The Government Accountability Office issued a report examining recent governmentwide responses to aspects of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and found that while...

OPM Moves to Establish Union Contract Database

November 20, 2018 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management are moving forward with plans to catalog collective bargaining agreements between agencies and federal employee unions as ordered by a series of controversial workforce executive orders. In May, President Trump issued three executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal employees,...

Lawmaker Proposes Parity for Federal Pension COLAs

November 20, 2018 One northern Virginia lawmaker wants federal employees’ pension programs to have parity in how annual cost of living adjustments are applied, ending more than 30 years of what he described as an “unfair system.” On Tuesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., introduced the Equal COLA Act, a bill that would ensure...

Federal Pay Raise Rests in the Balance as Parties Float Riders to Spending Package

November 19, 2018 As federal employees wait to see whether they will receive a pay raise next year, Republicans and Democrats both appear to be standing firm on proposals they want attached to a spending package needed to avert a partial government shutdown early next month. Since February, the Trump administration has called...

A Plea for Tax Help for Relocating Feds, Locality Pay on Track for 2019

November 19, 2018 Two Democratic senators last week asked the General Services Administration to do more to help federal workers navigate the new tax code when they are forced to relocate to a new duty station. Earlier this year, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Virginia Democrats, pushed GSA to resolve a...

Trump to Nominate Wheeler as Permanent EPA Head

November 16, 2018 President Trump announced Friday that he would nominate acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to be the agency’s leader on a permanent basis. Trump made the announcement at the start of a ceremony to award seven people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom when recognizing agency leaders in attendance....

OPM Grants Greater Flexibility With Senior Executive Personnel Appraisal Systems

November 15, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that it would provide agencies with additional flexibilities in the process to certify performance appraisal systems for senior executives and technical experts. In a memo to agency heads, acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert said the changes are part of an effort to implement...

Unions Sue VA Over Official Time Edict

November 14, 2018 Three federal employee unions filed a lawsuit Wednesday evening seeking to bar the Veterans Affairs Department from implementing a policy to ban the use of official time by employees in medical professions at the department. The American Federation of Government Employees, the National Federation of Federal Employees and the National...

Federal Salary Council Revives Fight Over Federal Employee Pay Comparability

November 14, 2018 Members of a group tasked with advising agency officials on how to eliminate pay disparities between federal employees and their private sector counterparts are in the midst of a debate on how best to calculate that pay gap, with Trump administration appointees on one side and labor groups on the...

Federal Salary Council Recommends Locality Pay for Des Moines, Other Areas

November 13, 2018 An advisory council of political appointees and federal employee stakeholders on Tuesday recommended that Des Moines, Iowa, be added to the list of regions where federal workers received increased pay and suggested widening two existing pay areas beginning in 2020. The Federal Salary Council, which each year re-examines disparities between...