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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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Pay Raise for Feds This Year Likely, as Two Proposals Gain Traction

January 29, 2019 Congress appears set to override President Trump’s order last month to freeze federal civilian employee pay in 2019, as multiple plans to increase employees’ wages this year gain momentum. Last year, efforts by Senate appropriators to provide civilian federal workers with a 1.9 percent pay increase in 2019 fell apart...

Unions: Anti-Shutdown Lawsuit Will Proceed, Despite Government Reopening

January 29, 2019 Two federal employee unions said that they will continue to pursue lawsuits challenging the legality of agencies’ practice of requiring workers to work without pay during government shutdowns, even after the partial shutdown ended Friday. Earlier this month, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and...

TSP Saw 26 Percent Spike in Hardship Withdrawals During Shutdown

January 28, 2019 Officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program reported Monday that they saw a steep increase in federal workers pulling money out of their Thrift Savings Plan accounts during the partial government shutdown. At the monthly meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the TSP, Tee...

The Government is Spending $90 Million a Day to Pay People Not to Work

January 25, 2019 $86,511,584.90. That’s the tab that the government accrues on a daily basis to provide back pay to furloughed federal employees when federal agencies reopen, according to an analysis by Government Executive. The partial government shutdown, which entered its 34th day Thursday, has halted the compensation of some 800,000 federal employees...

The Government is Spending $90 Million a Day to Pay People Not to Work

January 24, 2019 $86,511,584.90. That’s the tab that the government accrues on a daily basis to provide back pay to furloughed federal employees when federal agencies reopen, according to an analysis by Government Executive. The partial government shutdown, which entered its 34th day Thursday, has halted the compensation of some 800,000 federal employees...

Lawmakers Look to Protect Vision, Dental Plans for Furloughed Feds, and More

January 23, 2019 A group of four senators asked the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday to ease policies governing federal workers’ vision and dental insurance during a government shutdown, just days before they face the prospect of their coverage lapsing. OPM guidance on employees’ pay and benefits during a shutdown states that...

Plan to Pay Excepted Feds Immediately Gains Momentum

January 22, 2019 With just days remaining until federal employees at unfunded agencies miss their second straight pay check, an idea to compensate at least some of them promptly appears to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill. Two weeks ago, Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Shutdown Fairness Act...

OPM Warns Feds Against Sick-Outs

January 22, 2019 As a suspected sick out grows at the Transportation Security Administration, the Trump team warned excepted federal employees against skipping work. The Office of Personnel Management last week issued a rare unsigned memo to agency heads featuring a round-up of frequently asked questions about the lapse in appropriations. In addition...

Labor Dept. Denies Request That Excepted Feds Be Eligible for Unemployment

January 18, 2019 Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has rejected an effort by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to allow federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown to be eligible for unemployment benefits while agencies remain shuttered. On Monday, Bowser sent a letter to Acosta requesting the change in policy....

House Rejects GOP Effort to Give Feds Their First Missed Paycheck But Continue the Shutdown

January 17, 2019 The House on Thursday rejected an attempt by Republicans to replace a continuing resolution to fund the government through Feb. 28 with a measure that would have issued a paycheck to federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay. The chamber momentarily approved the CR (H.J. Res. 28), which...