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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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Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount

December 7, 2017 Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear. The Senate voted 81-14 for the stopgap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a temporary authorization for...

FEHBP Open Season Deadline is Just Around the Corner

December 7, 2017 With hundreds of plans available to federal employees and retirees through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, reviewing the offerings during Open Season each year can be a grueling task. There’s a lot to take into consideration: premiums, anticipated out-of-pocket costs, catastrophic limits and the size of physician networks. Depending...

Relief for Feds Hitting Overtime Pay Caps, Benefits During a Shutdown and More

December 6, 2017 The House voted 407-4 Tuesday to approve a bill that would increase the annual overtime pay cap for employees at the Secret Service. The 2017 Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act (H.R. 3731), introduced by Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., would raise the overtime pay cap for...

NASA Ranked Best Place to Work in Government Six Years Running

December 6, 2017 The federal government should consider changing how it administers its annual survey of employee engagement, said officials at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, after many small agencies’ results were withheld from its tabulation of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” analysis, prepared in conjunction with Deloitte....

Lawmakers Ask Trump to Give Civilian Feds the Same 2018 Pay Raise as the Military

December 5, 2017 A bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers is calling on President Trump to grant civilian federal employees a bigger pay raise in 2018, equal to what the military receives. Trump must finalize his August plan to increase the pay of federal civilian employees by the end of the year. Feds...

Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline Faces Uncertain Prospects

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House appropriators on Saturday introduced a measure that would delay the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks, but as of early Monday afternoon, it was unclear whether Democrats would support the short-term funding extension. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., filed a continuing resolution that would...

Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline Faces Uncertain Prospects

December 4, 2017 House appropriators on Saturday introduced a measure that would delay the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks, but as of early Monday afternoon, it was unclear whether Democrats would support the short-term funding extension. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., filed a continuing resolution that would...

Appointee Watch: A Cabinet-Level Shuffle Could Be Looming

December 1, 2017 President Trump still has plenty of work to do to staff the upper echelons of the federal bureaucracy, but for now he seems focused on rearranging who’s in charge of several key agencies. The New York Times reported Thursday that the White House has devised a plan to push Secretary...

Most TSP Funds Gained Ground in November

December 1, 2017 Most of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program continued to gain in value in November, putting employees and retirees in position for a strong end of 2017. The common stocks of the C Fund led the pack for the Thrift Savings Plan last month, growing by...

House Narrowly Passes Bill to Extend Feds’ Probationary Period

November 30, 2017 The House voted 213-204 Thursday to approve a plan to make new federal employees work in their positions longer before they are entitled to civil service protections. The 2017 Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act (H.R. 4182), introduced by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., would increase the probationary period for new...