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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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Cuts to Feds' Retirement Benefits Among the Top Four 'Savers' in 2018 Budget

May 22, 2017 Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday described proposed cuts to federal employee retirement benefits as one of the top four measures to save money in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Mulvaney briefed reporters on the detailed version of the president’s budget plan ahead of its...

Watchdog Criticizes Process That Led to Cuts in Defense Long-Term Travel Per Diems

May 22, 2017 The committee tasked with forming the Defense Department’s travel policies did not properly vet controversial cut to per diems for long-term travel before implementing the change, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report. The policy, denounced by Defense personnel and members of Congress since it was implemented in...

Trump’s 2018 Budget Reportedly Targets Federal Retirement Programs

May 19, 2017 President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal reportedly will seek to cut contributions to federal employees’ retirement programs in a number of ways. According to a report in the Washington Post, Trump’s spending plan, which is set to be released formally on Tuesday, will require federal workers to contribute an additional...

Lawmaker Asks CBO to Respond to Critics of Federal Pay Report

May 18, 2017 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the Congressional Budget Office to respond to critiques—mostly from federal union officials and Democrats—of its methodology for calculating the compensation gap between federal workers and private sector employees in a recent report. The report, released last month, compares the pay and benefits...

No Sequestration This Year, A New Hiring Authority for U.S. Marshals and More

May 17, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office said last week that sequestration measures likely will not be required after Congress passed its omnibus spending bill to run through the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Automatic discretionary spending cuts, which run through 2021, were set in motion with the 2011 Budget Control Act...

Senate Panel Advances Bill Denying Bonuses to Malfeasant Feds

May 17, 2017 A bill barring agencies from awarding bonuses to federal employees who have committed major infractions sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday morning. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send the Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act (S. 696) to the full Senate for consideration. The legislation,...

Mattis Fills Key Executive Positions at the Pentagon

May 17, 2017 Defense Secretary James Mattis began to fill out his staff last week, announcing his choices for three key positions at the department. Experts said the appointees seem well qualified and broadly in line with that of his predecessors. Mattis named Elbridge Andrew Colby to serve as deputy assistant secretary for...

Mattis Fills Key Executive Positions at the Pentagon

May 16, 2017 Defense Secretary James Mattis began to fill out his staff last week, announcing his choices for three key positions at the department. Experts said the appointees seem well qualified and broadly in line with that of his predecessors. Mattis named Elbridge Andrew Colby to serve as deputy assistant secretary for...

White House Sets June Deadline for Suggestions from Public on Revamping Government

May 15, 2017 White House officials have set a deadline of one month from now for members of the public to offer their suggestions on how to reform the federal government. Shortly after Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued guidance to federal agencies ending the hiring freeze and asking them...

Appointee Watch: Nominations Overshadowed by FBI Director Firing

May 12, 2017 President Trump has two new major appointments to add to his long list of administration positions that need filling. On Tuesday, Trump controversially fired FBI Director James Comey, and on the same day, Census Bureau Director John Thompson announced he was stepping down after 27 years with the agency, including...