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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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Lawmakers Scramble Unsuccessfully to Include Federal Pay Raise in Senate Spending Package

December 19, 2018 A handful of senators late Wednesday scrambled to try to ensure that federal workers would receive a pay raise in 2019 if Congress is able to pass a shutdown-averting, stop-gap funding bill acceptable to President Trump. Roughly one-third of federal agencies are scheduled to lose funding after Friday. On Wednesday...

A Guide to Pay and Benefits During A Shutdown

December 19, 2018 As of Wednesday, lawmakers and the White House had just two days to approve a spending measure to avert a partial government shutdown beginning Friday night. Without appropriations legislation or a continuing resolution, roughly one third of federal agencies would be forced to limit their activities or shut down entirely...

Shutdown-Averting Bill Could Doom 2019 Pay Raise for Feds, At Least for Now

December 19, 2018 Republican appropriators said Wednesday morning that the stopgap measure intended to avert a partial government shutdown would not include language providing a pay raise for federal civilian employees, a move that would all but assure that President Trump’s plan to institute a pay freeze will be implemented, at least for...

Senate Republicans Prepare Two-Month CR to Avert Shutdown

December 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly plans to introduce a stopgap bill Wednesday to fund for two months the roughly one-third of federal agencies that do not yet have full-year appropriations, a move that could avert a looming partial government shutdown. Congress has until Friday to come to an agreement...

Senate Republicans Prepare Two-Month CR to Avert Shutdown

December 19, 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly plans to introduce a stopgap bill Wednesday to fund for two months the roughly one-third of federal agencies that do not yet have full-year appropriations, a move that could avert a looming partial government shutdown. Congress has until Friday to come to an agreement...

White House Punts on Shutdown Specifics, Puts Onus on Senate

December 18, 2018 For a while Tuesday morning, it appeared that Congress and the White House could quickly reach an agreement to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of Friday’s funding deadline. But within hours, negotiators appeared back at square one. Lawmakers have until Dec. 21 to come to an agreement on how...

With Four Days Until Deadline, Agencies Begin Shutdown Preparations

December 17, 2018 As lawmakers and the president hurtle toward a Dec. 21 deadline to approve a spending package for federal agencies that have not yet received funding for the 2019 fiscal year, those agencies have begun to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown. Congress has until Friday to approve a bill...

HHS Proposes Substantial Limits on Telework

December 14, 2018 Officials at the Health and Human Services Department have proposed limiting telework to one day per week, and potentially eliminating the practice altogether, according to a union representing department employees. The National Treasury Employees Union and HHS are in the final week of negotiations as mandated by the Federal Service...

As Spending Talks Break Down, a Pay Raise for Feds Hangs in the Balance

December 13, 2018 With eight days remaining until a deadline for lawmakers to avert a partial government shutdown, one issue facing all federal workers remains unsettled: a pay raise. Congress and President Trump have until Dec. 21 to agree to a deal on seven appropriations bills, which include funding for the Transportation, Housing...

What You Need to Know If You Already Scheduled Leave and Your Agency Shuts Down

December 12, 2018 Some federal workers who booked vacations between Christmas and the end of the year could find themselves taking unpaid leave for the trouble, if Congress cannot reach a deal to fund the government within the next 10 days. Lawmakers have until Dec. 21 to come to an agreement to fund...