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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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Trump Issues 2018 Pay Raise Order

December 22, 2017 President Trump on Friday issued an executive order finalizing his pay increase plan for federal employees for 2018. The White House stuck with previously announced plans to increase federal civilian pay by 1.9 percent next year, with 1.4 percent going toward an across-the-board increase and 0.5 percent going to locality-based...

White House Calls for ‘Fundamental Reform’ to Feds’ Pay, Delays New 2018 Localities

December 22, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday released the President's Pay Agent report implementing locality pay adjustments for 2018, which authorizes a 2016 proposal to add two cities to the list of areas where civilian employees will receive a greater pay increase but calls for "fundamental reforms" to federal compensation....

Trump Names Two Federal Pay Raise Advisers

December 21, 2017 President Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint two people to the board tasked with reviewing how much of a raise federal employees should receive based on where they live, ending almost a year of inaction on the issue. Trump named veteran federal personnel official Ron Sanders to serve...

Flipping the Switch on Blended Retirement, Your Benefits During a Shutdown and More

December 20, 2017 After years of planning, officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan are finally ready to provide an employer contribution to members of the military. The blended retirement system is scheduled to go live Jan. 1. The program, which automatically enrolls all new service members and offers a one-year...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...

Congress on Collision Course Ahead of Shutdown Deadline

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to fund defense priorities for the remainder of fiscal 2018 but keep domestic programs under a short-term continuing resolution, setting up a clash with Democrats just days ahead of Friday’s deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Last week, House Finance Committee Chairman...

Congress on Collision Course Ahead of Shutdown Deadline

December 19, 2017 House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to fund defense priorities for the remainder of fiscal 2018 but keep domestic programs under a short-term continuing resolution, setting up a clash with Democrats just days ahead of Friday’s deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Last week, House Finance Committee Chairman...

Watchdog: OPM Can Do More to Help Agencies Use Recruitment, Retention Incentives

December 18, 2017 Although a majority of federal agencies said they struggle with using financial incentives to recruit and retain employees due to budget constraints, analysts recommended that the Office of Personnel Management do more to make the approval process more predictable and streamlined. The Government Accountability Office released a report last week...

OPM Tells Agencies to Stop Working Collaboratively with Unions

December 15, 2017 Federal agencies may use President Trump’s executive order abolishing labor-management councils across government as justification for throwing out collective bargaining agreements with their workforces, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management suggested Wednesday. In a memo to agencies, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan instructed departments to abolish their labor-management forums...