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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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The Employees Managing the Thrift Savings Plan Are Happier This Year

October 22, 2018 Officials with the 401(k)-style retirement savings program for federal employees said Monday that they have begun to reverse a downturn in engagement among their own employees. At a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which governs the Thrift Savings Plan, officials announced that the agency improved its...

Court Denies Trump Administration Request to Expedite Appeal of Workforce EO Decision

October 19, 2018 A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday mostly denied a request by the Trump administration to expedite its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling overturning the key provisions of three controversial workforce executive orders. Last month, lawyers with the Justice Department...

Despite Leadership Shake-Up, Transfer of OPM Services to GSA Remains in Doubt

October 18, 2018 Although a leadership shake-up at the Office of Personnel Management reinvigorated talk of transferring the agency's health benefits, retirement and other services to the General Services Administration, questions remain about the legality of the proposal and whether it will actually improve outcomes. Earlier this month, then-OPM Director Jeff Pon was...

Another Pay Freeze Notice, Emergency Leave for Disaster Victims and More

October 17, 2018 Although Congress may be well on its way to including a 1.9 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees in its appropriations legislation slated for passage after the midterm elections, the Trump administration is proceeding as if the president’s plan for a pay freeze in 2019 will become reality, for...

Federal Retirement Claims Increase 24 Percent in Fiscal 2018

October 15, 2018 According to recently released data from the Office of Personnel Management, the number of federal employees who filed for retirement increased 24 percent in fiscal 2018 over the previous year. Retirement processing statistics published by OPM earlier this month showed that 7,142 employees filed for retirement in September, the final...

Administration to Review Government ‘Competitiveness’ on Compensation

October 9, 2018 The offices of Personnel Management and Management and Budget will spend the next year studying the “competitiveness” of federal compensation with that of agencies' private sector counterparts, according to a quarterly update to President Trump’s management agenda. The report on progress on the Workforce for the 21st Century cross-agency priority...

Executives Association Wants to Fill in the Gaps in Federal Training and Development

October 5, 2018 For years, stakeholder organizations and good government groups have decried the lack of sufficient training for managers and executives at federal agencies. Now an association for agency executives is taking matters into its own hands. The Senior Executives Association is developing a number of training courses for members of the...

Republicans Claim Deal on Federal Pay Raise, But Democrats Object to Terms

October 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Republicans on Capitol Hill reportedly have reached a deal among themselves to include a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in 2019 in a spending bill, but Democrats say they will reject the deal over “partisan” add-ons. An agreement between House and Senate Republicans and offered to Democratic...

Republicans Claim Deal on Federal Pay Raise, But Democrats Object to Terms

October 4, 2018 This story has been updated to include additional comments from stakeholders. Republicans on Capitol Hill reportedly have reached a deal among themselves to include a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees in 2019 in a spending bill, but Democrats say they will reject the deal over “partisan” add-ons....

A Snag in Loan Forgiveness for Feds, Census as a Second Job and More

October 3, 2018 The Office of Management and Budget last week encouraged federal agencies to take a number of steps to encourage the temporary hiring of employees from across the country to administer the 2020 Census. In a memo to agency heads, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney stressed that it is critical that agencies...