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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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Watchdog: Pruitt Appearance in Trade Association Video Didn't Break Any Rules

August 23, 2018 A government watchdog organization concluded Wednesday that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did not violate any rules when he discussed plans to rescind a clean water regulation with an association opposed to the regulation. Last year, Pruitt appeared in a video produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,...

Labor Relations Board to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

August 22, 2018 The National Labor Relations Board announced this month that it is offering buyouts and early retirement to some of its employees as part of an effort to rebalance its staff. In a press release August 7, the NLRB confirmed that it had received authorization from the Office of Personnel Management...

Guaranteed Paid Sick Leave for Contractors, and Changes to the Annual Charitable Giving Drive

August 22, 2018 Three federal agencies on Wednesday published a rule finalizing implementation of an Obama-era executive order requiring federal contractors to provide employees with seven or more days of paid sick leave, including leave for family care. The rule has been in effect on an interim basis since December 2016. In 2015,...

Senator Tries to Ensure That at Least 14,000 Feds Have Their Pay Frozen Next Year

August 21, 2018 As the Senate began debate Monday on another minibus spending bill, one Republican lawmaker renewed his push to freeze federal employees' pay, albeit on a much smaller scale than President Trump has proposed. Last week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced an amendment to the fiscal 2019 appropriations bill for the...

VA Secretary Reintroduces 'Gray Area' in Scope of Bargaining with Unions

August 20, 2018 Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie announced Friday that he had rescinded an agreement with federal employee unions establishing what issues can and cannot be negotiated by labor and management, arguing that the move will improve patient care at the department. But union officials said that while they will reserve judgment...

Defense Announces Contract to Replace Cumbersome Travel Booking System

August 17, 2018 Within the next few years, it may become easier for Defense Department employees and military personnel to book travel or be reimbursed for official expenses. The department announced Thursday that it had awarded a $9.3 million contract to a company to develop a replacement for its travel booking system. SAP...

Cautionary Tales from Past Attempts at Pay-for-Performance

August 16, 2018 The Merit Systems Protection Board on Thursday warned of the potential pitfalls associated with making major changes to the federal civil service system, highlighting past difficulties in implementing forms of merit-based pay. In a newsletter released Thursday, the agency laid out how previous attempts to move toward pay for performance...

Latest Plan for Trump Parade Reportedly Includes Tanks, Despite Congressional Prohibition

August 16, 2018 The estimated cost of the Trump administration's military parade, planned for Nov. 10 in Washington, reportedly has grown to $92 million, a 600 percent increase over the $12 million the Defense Department estimated in July. According to CNBC, the parade is to include as many as eight tanks, along with...

These Agencies Have Lost the Most Workers Under Trump

August 15, 2018 White House officials have had varying stances on the size of the federal workforce during the Trump administration. Last year, the mantra of “drain the swamp” seemed to rule the day, with officials directing agencies to find ways to reduce their payrolls and offer buyouts and early retirement. But with...

A Rollback of Military Financial Protections, a Per Diem Increase for Feds, and More

August 15, 2018 The White House reportedly soon will propose to roll back enforcement of a law intended to protect members of the military from predatory loans. According to NPR, the Trump administration recently sent documents to the Defense Department outlining a proposal to change rules that effectively block auto lenders from tacking...