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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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Retirement Claims Wane, a Tweak to Rules for Resigning From Your Job and More

May 9, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday issued a memo tweaking the rules governing how agencies handle employees who resign while under investigation. In a memo to chief human capital officers, OPM Director Jeff Pon implemented a new provision of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requiring agencies to make...

Democrats Demand IG Investigation Into Justice Hiring Practices

May 8, 2018 A group of congressional Democrats on Tuesday asked a Justice Department watchdog to investigate allegations that the department improperly considered job candidates’ political views during the hiring process. In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, eight Democratic lawmakers highlighted whistleblower accounts that prospective agency employees had job...

OPM Makes Small Dent in Retirement Backlog in April

May 8, 2018 The backlog of outstanding federal employee retirement claims fell slightly last month, even as the average waiting period for the federal government’s HR agency to process a request increased. In April, the Office of Personnel Management received 8,390 new retirement claims, which is greater than the 7,767 requests received in...

OPM Proposes Legislation to Cut Retirement Benefits for Current and Former Feds

May 7, 2018 Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan late last week requesting a number of legislative changes that would cut retirement benefits for federal workers. The request, which Pon said would save taxpayers $143.5 billion over the next decade, comes on the eve...

Appointee Watch: Secretary of State Confirmed, as CIA Director Hearing Looms

May 4, 2018 Last week, the Senate voted to confirm the nominees to two key Trump administration posts: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. Pompeo previously was director of the CIA, and he was tapped by President Trump to run the State Department following the ouster of Rex...

Employees at a Small Agency Proposed for Elimination Vote to Unionize

May 3, 2018 Employees at the Chemical Safety Board have successfully voted to organize into a union under the umbrella of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union official announced this week. Workers at the tiny agency, which has been proposed for abolition by the Trump administration in both of its annual...

Survey: Nearly 30 Percent of Feds Report Greater Resistance to Telework

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A flash poll of federal employees suggests that although recent changes to telework policies are not widespread across agencies, attitudes toward remote work arrangements may be turning more negative. Nearly one in three federal employees surveyed by the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, reported...

Survey: Nearly 30 Percent of Feds Report Greater Resistance to Telework

May 3, 2018 A flash poll of federal employees suggests that although recent changes to telework policies are not widespread across agencies, attitudes toward remote work arrangements may be turning more negative. Nearly one in three federal employees surveyed by the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, reported...

Lead Abatement at USDA Facility Brings Telework Clash to the Fore

May 2, 2018 This story has been updated to include comment from the Agriculture Department. Chearice Vaughn, who works at the Agriculture Department headquarters’ South Building in Washington, arrived at her job one morning last month and noticed a "Do Not Enter" sign, warning of unspecified renovations that would occur in an office...

Changes to the Federal Health Insurance Program, Agency Leader Cuts His Own Pay, and More

May 2, 2018 Enrollees in the health insurance program for federal employees could see some additional options available to them during the next open enrollment period next fall. The Office of Personnel Management published a rule last week in the Federal Register standardizing how many and what kinds of plans any given insurance...