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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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VA Reform Heads to Trump, a New Program for Sexual Assault Survivors and More

June 14, 2017 A bipartisan bill that would expedite the firing of employees at the Veteran Affairs Department is poised to become law after the House voted 368-55 Tuesday to send the measure to President Trump’s desk. As Eric Katz reported, House leaders are touting the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower...

Appointee Watch: An FBI Director Nominee, Defense Picks and More

June 14, 2017 Leading the recent appointment news was President Trump’s announcement that he would nominate Christopher Wray to serve as FBI director, more than a month after the president controversially fired James Comey. Although currently an attorney in the private sector focusing on white collar criminal defense, Wray has extensive experience in...

Federal Recruiting Could Get Even Harder With Loan Program's Demise

June 13, 2017 The Trump administration wants to axe a program designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in government and the nonprofit sector, but experts said the move would jeopardize efforts to recruit the next generation of federal employees. The plan to eliminate the public service loan forgiveness program is part...

House Democrats Introduce FAA Reform Bill to Counter Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

June 12, 2017 While Republicans in Congress craft a bill to move the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control services into a private nonprofit organization, Democrats on the House Transportation Committee have already introduced their own measure to reform the agency. The Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R.2800) has goals similar to those laid...

Homeland Security IG: Secret Service Budget Not Sufficient to Improve Hiring

June 9, 2017 The Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request for the Secret Service is not enough to meet staffing goals at the agency, which has seen high attrition, low morale and a number of scandals in recent years, a watchdog told a congressional panel Thursday. “Given the zero-fail mission of the Secret...

Republican Panel Picks Gowdy to Chair House Oversight Committee

June 8, 2017 The House Republican Steering Committee announced Thursday that it will recommend that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., be named chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, resigns at the end of June. If confirmed by the full Republican House conference, Gowdy would be responsible...

Agencies Reveal More Info on Military Blended Retirement Plan

June 7, 2017 Federal agencies released new information this week to help current military service members decide whether to opt into the new blended retirement program, which is slated to come online next year. Service members with fewer than 12 years in the military by the end of this year must choose by...

Ineffective Use of Early Retirement Offers, FEHBP for All and More

June 7, 2017 Buyouts and early retirement offers are likely to become more prevalent as federal agencies absorb budget cuts and work to meet the Trump administration’s goal of reducing the federal workforce. But at least one agency needs to brush up on using separation incentives more effectively. A recent Small Business Administration...

Appointee Watch: Trump, Senate Trade Barbs

June 6, 2017 President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to blame Democrats for the slow pace of appointment to key federal positions. “Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors,” Trump wrote. “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.” But reporting by Politico suggests the lack of people in top...

Trump Proposes Air Traffic Control Privatization

June 5, 2017 President Trump on Monday proposed shifting the nation’s air traffic control functions from the federal government to a private nonprofit organization, and held a signing ceremony for a list of principles to send to Congress. In many ways, the Trump administration’s plan resembles the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act,...