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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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White House Wants to Increase Federal Employee Buyout Payments

July 11, 2017 The Trump administration has asked Congress to increase the amount agencies can offer employees for early retirement from $25,000 to $40,000 as it gears up for major workforce reductions in some agencies. An Office of Management and Budget spokesperson confirmed that the Defense Department made the request to Congress last...

Senate Panel Advances FAA Reauthorization Without Trump Privatization Plan

July 10, 2017 A Senate committee has thrown cold water on the Trump administration’s controversial plan to transfer the nation’s air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private non-profit organization. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted unanimously just before the July 4 recess to advance the 2017...

Appointee Watch: Trump Announces Picks for Justice, State and Other Agencies

July 7, 2017 The big news in federal staffing this week was the abrupt resignation of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub on Thursday. As Charlie Clark reported, although Shaub’s term runs until January, he will leave his post on July 19. He posted his resignation letter on the agency’s Twitter account,...

Clearance Job Pay Drops, Protections for Vets at FAA, and More

July 5, 2017 A survey released last month revealed that average compensation for jobs requiring security clearance has declined 1.27 percent since 2014. According to ClearanceJobs.com, the average total compensation for all security-cleared workers worldwide is $86,902. Given the steady growth in defense and security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the...

Appointee Watch: Another Round of Nominees for GSA, Defense, VA, State and Others

July 3, 2017 The Trump administration has continued its effort to nominate high-level government staff, recently announcing another round of federal prosecutors and a number of posts at the General Services Administration. But Charlie Clark reports that even as the White House announces appointments on a nearly daily basis, it could soon run...

TSP Growth Slows in June

July 3, 2017 Most portfolios in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan saw a decline in growth in June, but all but two of the funds still increased in value. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, comprised of small-cap stocks, saw the greatest improvement last month, growing by 2.33 percent, a strong...

House Panel Appears to Accept Trump's Proposed 1.9 Percent Civilian Pay Hike

June 29, 2017 This story has been updated. House Republicans appear willing to go along with President Trump’s proposed 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees in 2018, as a spending bill released Wednesday lacks language countermanding the increase. Congress has until the end of the year to block the raise, but...

House Panel Advances Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

June 28, 2017 The Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday, despite concerted opposition from Democratic members of Congress. The committee approved the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2997) 32-25, with all Democrats present voting...

A Proposed Lawmaker Housing Stipend, a Demand for Answers on Long Term Care Premiums and More

June 28, 2017 Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has become the latest person to conclude that D.C. is just too expensive. In an interview with The Hill, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, whose last day in Congress is Friday, proposed a $2,500 per month housing stipend to help lawmakers who...

House Republicans Express Concern With Trump's Proposed Federal Retirement Program Cuts

June 27, 2017 A group of nine House Republicans recently sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announcing “concerns” with proposed cuts to federal retirement programs outlined in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget. The lawmakers cited the large number of federal employees and retirees living in...