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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 Formalizes Federal Pay Freeze Plan for 2019

August 30, 2018 President Trump on Thursday formally announced that he would pursue a pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019, increasing the likelihood of a fight with Congress next month. Trump needed to formalize an alternative compensation plan for 2019 by tomorrow, or else a 25 percent increase in locality pay...

OPM Instructs Agencies to Comply With Court Decision on Workforce Executive Orders

August 29, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday issued guidance instructing agencies to roll back any already implemented provisions of President Trump’s controversial workforce executive orders that are in violation of a recent court decision that found the meat of the orders to be unlawful. In a memo to agencies, OPM...

OPM Concedes Defeat on Retirement Cuts, and CFPB Encourages Credit Monitoring for Military

August 29, 2018 Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon appears to believe that a controversial proposal to cut federal employees’ retirement benefits stands little chance of becoming law, according to news reports. According to Federal Times, Pon said a proposal he sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this year to significantly...

Watchdog Finds Faults with Hanford Workers’ Comp

August 28, 2018 The Energy Department watchdog announced last week that it found the department has not exercised necessary oversight over its workers’ compensation program for contractors at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear site, leading to more than $21 million in missed payments to state agencies. An audit by Energy’s Office of the Inspector...

Unions Demand Swift Reversal of Agency Policies After Court Decision

August 27, 2018 Federal employee unions on Monday demanded that agencies roll back recent changes to workplace policies after a federal judge ruled that most of the key provisions in President Trump’s recent workforce executive orders violated federal law. Over the weekend, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a 122-page ruling...

Judge Strikes Down Trump Executive Orders Limiting Federal Employee Union Bargaining

August 25, 2018 U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson late Friday night struck down most provisions of the Trump administration's controversial workforce executive orders, concluding that they conflicted with the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. Jackson found that the three executive orders, which seek to make it easier to fire federal workers...

Senate Approves Spending Package With Military Pay Raise, No Labor Dept. Pay Freeze

August 24, 2018 The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve a $857 billion spending package for the Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services departments, confirming the biggest raise for military personnel in nearly a decade and avoiding a proposed freeze on civilian pay at the Labor Department. The minibus spending...

Senator Wants Update on FEMA Contracts Ahead of Hurricane Season

August 23, 2018 The top Democrat on a key Senate oversight committee said she fears not enough has been done to reduce the use of noncompetitive contracts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency ahead of the 2018 hurricane season. Last year, FEMA came under scrutiny after a number of companies tapped to help...

Watchdog: Pruitt Appearance in Trade Association Video Didn't Break Any Rules

August 23, 2018 A government watchdog organization concluded Wednesday that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did not violate any rules when he discussed plans to rescind a clean water regulation with an association opposed to the regulation. Last year, Pruitt appeared in a video produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,...

Labor Relations Board to Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

August 22, 2018 The National Labor Relations Board announced this month that it is offering buyouts and early retirement to some of its employees as part of an effort to rebalance its staff. In a press release August 7, the NLRB confirmed that it had received authorization from the Office of Personnel Management...