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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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Flipping the Switch on Blended Retirement, Your Benefits During a Shutdown and More

December 20, 2017 After years of planning, officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan are finally ready to provide an employer contribution to members of the military. The blended retirement system is scheduled to go live Jan. 1. The program, which automatically enrolls all new service members and offers a one-year...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...

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...