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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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Republicans Claim Deal on Federal Pay Raise, But Democrats Object to Terms

October 4, 2018 This story has been updated to include additional comments from stakeholders. Republicans on Capitol Hill reportedly have reached a deal among themselves to include a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in 2019 in a spending bill, but Democrats say they will reject the deal over “partisan” add-ons....

A Snag in Loan Forgiveness for Feds, Census as a Second Job and More

October 3, 2018 The Office of Management and Budget last week encouraged federal agencies to take a number of steps to encourage the temporary hiring of employees from across the country to administer the 2020 Census. In a memo to agency heads, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney stressed that it is critical that agencies...

Employee Engagement and Professional Development Top Management Agenda Progress Report

October 2, 2018 The Trump administration said in a report last week that it has been hard at work in recent months laying the groundwork for several priorities of the president’s management agenda, including promoting employee engagement, reskilling workers and improving the federal hiring process. In a quarterly update on the “Workforce for...

TSP Stagnates in September

October 1, 2018 The federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program had a bumpy September, as two funds lost value and the rest only posted slight grains. The Thrift Savings Plan’s F Fund, made up of fixed-income bonds, fell 0.62 percent last month, bringing its total losses in 2018 to 1.48 percent. And the...

Justice Department Seeks to Fast-Track Its Appeal of Decision Striking Down Workforce EOs

September 28, 2018 The Justice Department filed a motion Thursday asking for an expedited review of the government's appeal of a decision striking down the key provisions of three executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal employees and reducing the influence of labor groups at agencies. On Tuesday, the Trump...

Lawmakers Advance Legislation Raising Penalties for Appropriations Violations

September 27, 2018 A House panel on Thursday voted along party lines to advance a measure that would strengthen enforcement of a law against agencies defying congressional appropriators, but Democrats argued the bill is a “solution in search of a problem.” The Anti-Deficiency Reform and Enforcement Act (H.R. 6891), introduced by Rep. Paul...

House Panel Advances Bill Ensuring Overtime Pay for Secret Service Through 2020

September 27, 2018 Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday advanced a measure by voice vote to ensure that employees of the U.S. Secret Service are paid for all overtime they work through the 2020 presidential election. The Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act (H.R. 6893), introduced by Rep....

Pay Raise in Limbo, Charitable Giving Campaign Launches, and More

September 26, 2018 Congress is on the cusp of averting a government shutdown this week, although a bill that could provide a pay raise for civilian federal employees will have to wait until after the Sept. 30 deadline. The House on Wednesday approved a spending package for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health...

OPM Announces Lowest Federal Employee Health Care Premium Increase in Two Decades

September 26, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that federal employees will see the cost of their health insurance increase by 1.5 percent in 2019, the smallest hike in more than 20 years. Enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program with coverage only for themselves will on average pay an...

Trump Administration Appeals Court Ruling On Workforce EOs

September 25, 2018 The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a notice that it would appeal a recent court decision that struck down three controversial workforce executive orders President Trump signed earlier this year to make it easier to fire federal workers and reduce the influence of federal employee unions. The case will go...