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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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State Approves Law to Protect Feds in Future Shutdowns, and OPM Clarifies Leave Donations

March 27, 2019 As Congress continues to consider an array of bills aimed at preventing future government shutdowns or providing aid to workers impacted by lapses in appropriations, Maryland officials have stepped into the breach with their own protections for federal workers. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Federal Shutdown Paycheck...

Trump Finally Nominates Key Labor Authority Appointee

March 26, 2019 More than two years into his administration, President Trump has announced that he will nominate someone to serve as general counsel to the Federal Labor Relations Authority: Catherine Bird. Among other duties, the FLRA general counsel is responsible for vetting and bringing forward unfair labor practice cases for consideration by...

House Panel Advances Bill to Expand Federal 'Ban the Box' Policy

March 26, 2019 The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would give formerly incarcerated applicants a better chance during the hiring process for federal positions and jobs with federal contractors. By a voice vote, the committee backed the Fair Chance Act (H.R. 1076), a bill introduced by...

TSP Officials Confident Congress Will Act on Shutdown Relief Bill

March 25, 2019 Officials with the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program said they expect that Congress will hold a vote on a measure to make it easier for federal employees impacted by a government shutdown to take money out of their accounts. Early this year, lawmakers introduced five different pieces of legislation...

OPM Looks to Expand Pilot Programs That Teach Federal Employees New Skills

March 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Margaret Weichert said Thursday that as the federal government enters the second year of implementing President Trump’s management agenda, she hopes to find ways to expand successful pilot programs related to hiring employees faster and reskilling workers to enter cybersecurity and IT jobs. In...

Law Enforcement Group Sues OPM Over Retirement Rule Change

March 22, 2019 An employee group representing federal law enforcement officers filed a lawsuit last week challenging the legality of a 2016 Office of Personnel Management decision to change how it calculates a pension supplement for retirees under the age of 62. Under the Federal Employees Retirement System, workers who retire before they...

OPM Looks to Expand Pilot Programs That Teach Federal Employees New Skills

March 21, 2019 Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Margaret Weichert said Thursday that as the federal government enters the second year of implementing President Trump’s management agenda, she hopes to find ways to expand successful pilot programs related to hiring employees faster and reskilling workers to enter cybersecurity and IT jobs. In...

Trump Administration Outlines How the OPM-GSA Merger Would Work

March 21, 2019 The Trump administration this week provided additional details about how it will implement its proposal to integrate the functions of the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration, Defense Department and the Executive Office of the President, although much remains contingent on Congress approving legislation. According to a...

Another Effort to Fix Tax Issues for Relocating Feds, the Pay Raise Is Almost Ready, and More

March 20, 2019 A bipartisan group of senators has renewed its push to provide a legislative fix for an unintended consequence of the 2017 tax law overhaul that caused thousands of federal workers to incur large tax bills when they moved for work. Last year, federal employees relocating for their agency found that...

Trump Administration Looks to Upend Collective Bargaining in Budget Proposal

March 19, 2019 The Trump administration asked Congress as part of its fiscal 2020 budget to approve legislation that makes it easier to fire or discipline federal workers and to make a series of pro-management changes to the law governing collective bargaining rights at federal agencies. The General Services Administration’s budget justification for...