AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 21-30 of 303

Most TSP Funds Take Another Tumble in March

April 2, 2018 Stock market tumult continued in March, resulting in another month of poor returns for the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program. Three portfolios in the Thrift Savings Plan rose slightly in value last month. The G Fund, made up of government securities, grew 0.24 percent in March, bringing its 2018...

Pruitt's Low-Rent Apartment in 2017 Raises New Ethics Questions

March 30, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared to pay well below market rate for an apartment he rented in Washington, D.C., last year, putting him in possible violation of federal ethics rules. Pruitt rented an apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington from a health care lobbyist in 2017,...

Appointee Watch: Another Cabinet Post Shuffle

March 29, 2018 President Trump continued his effort to reshape the top levels of his administration Wednesday, announcing via Tweet that he had ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and that he would nominate White House physician Ronny Jackson to succeed him. Shulkin has been embattled for more than a month by an...

Union Leaders Demand Education Department Return to Negotiating Table

March 28, 2018 Labor leaders on Wednesday protested the Education Department’s unilateral implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement without buy-in of the agency’s union, and demanded negotiations on a new contract resume. Demonstrating outside of agency headquarters, officials decried the decision earlier this month to impose a new “management edict” that stripped...

GAO Improperly Distributed Overtime for Some; New Move to Disclose Federal Bonuses

March 28, 2018 The inspector general at the Government Accountability Office reported this week that the watchdog agency improperly spent nearly $80,000 on unscheduled overtime pay for criminal investigators who did not qualify for it, and questioned the need to authorize overtime at all. In fiscal 2017, GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service...

Prospects Unclear for Trump’s $1 Billion Performance Fund

March 27, 2018 The omission of one White House management proposal from the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2018, approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week, could serve as a bellwether for the administration’s plans to transform the federal workforce. The spending package includes a number of provisions...

Lawmaker Pushes for OMB to Release Agency Downsizing Plans Now

March 16, 2018 A House overseer has renewed calls for the White House to release agencies’ plans to downsize and reorganize, which were due last September to the Office of Management and Budget but have been kept private as “deliberative” documents. In a letter Friday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of...

Labor Agreement Forced on Education Dept. Employees Curtails Official Time, Cuts Employee Protections

March 15, 2018 Officials with the largest union representing federal employees have filed an unfair labor practices charge against the Education Department, after the agency unilaterally implemented a new collective bargaining agreement without approval from the labor group. According to a charge filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority by the American Federation...

A Student Loan Repayment Inquiry, a New Travel Ban for Feds and More

March 14, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to compile their annual reports on student loan repayments made on behalf of federal employees by the end of this month, including an analysis of the programs’ effectiveness. OPM Director Jeff Pon sent a memo to departments Tuesday outlining the requirements for...

Army Misused Civilian Pay Funds for Other Purposes, IG Says

March 13, 2018 The Defense Department Inspector General has accused Army budget officials of fudging the numbers in the service's budget requests for civilian employee compensation in order to pay for other items that were on the chopping block. In a partially redacted report released Monday, the inspector general said Army Command officials...