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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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Moving Security Clearance Processing Out of OPM Won't Fix the Backlog

August 7, 2018 Observers on Tuesday applauded the news that President Trump plans to sign an executive order moving the whole of the federal government's security clearance process to the Defense Department, although they said much still needs to be done to address problems with background investigations. Nextgov reported that the whole of...

House Democrat Demands Information on Scrubbing of Obamacare Info from Medicare Website

August 7, 2018 The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee demanded information Tuesday about the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to scrub information relating to the 2010 Affordable Care Act from its websites and suggested the action may have been illegal. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...

Federal Retirement Claims Up Nearly 16 Percent So Far in 2018 Over the Same Period Last Year

August 6, 2018 The number of federal workers who filed retirement claims with the Office of Personnel Management from January to July is 15.6 percent higher than it was over the same period last year, according to statistics released by the agency Monday. Between January and July 2017, 59,987 federal employees had filed...

What Managers Want in Civil Service Reform

August 3, 2018 A group of associations representing federal managers last month outlined priorities for any effort to reform the civil service in a letter to the chairman of a key House subcommittee. The Government Managers Coalition, which is made up of the Senior Executives Association, the Federal Managers Association and other groups,...

Defense Bill Headed to Trump's Desk Restores Defense Long-Term Per Diem Rates

August 2, 2018 The Senate on Wednesday sent to President Trump a Defense policy bill that would reverse 2014 regulations reducing per diem rates for Defense Department military and civilian employees on extended government travel. The language to restore full per diems was included as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act,...

Senate Approves Spending Package with Pay Raise, Setting Up Fight With House

August 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate on Wednesday voted 92-6 to approve a $154.2 billion spending bill that includes a 2019 pay raise for civilian federal employees, setting up a conflict with the House and the Trump administration. The proposal to increase federal workers’ pay by 1.9 percent next year was included within a...

Senate Approves Spending Package With Pay Raise, Setting Up Fight With House

August 1, 2018 The Senate on Wednesday voted 92-6 to approve a $154.2 billion spending bill that includes a 2019 pay raise for civilian federal employees, setting up a conflict with the House and the Trump administration. The proposal to increase federal workers’ pay by 1.9 percent next year was included within a...

TSP Funds Rebound in July, Flight Training for Vets, and More

August 1, 2018 The funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program rebounded last month, following a lackluster June in which most were stagnant. The Thrift Savings Plan’s common stocks (C) fund grew 3.72 percent in July. Since January, the fund has increased 6.45 percent. International stocks in the I Fund grew...

Labor Relations Authority Finding Provokes 'Preliminary Talks' Between Education, Union

July 31, 2018 Officials with the nation’s largest federal employee union said that Education Department leaders have reached out to labor attorneys as the result of a recent finding by the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Last week, the FLRA preliminarily found that the American Federation of Government Employees’ unfair labor practice complaint against...

FEMA Executive Ousted Over 'Deeply Disturbing' Sexual Misconduct Allegations

July 30, 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency late Monday released the executive summary of a report outlining allegations of misconduct against its former top human resources official, including sexual harassment of multiple employees, retaliation and favoritism towards his friends and fraternity brothers. While the redacted summary did not name the official, a...