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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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Federal Employee Union Preps for Year of Benefits Battles

February 7, 2018 More than 350 members of the National Treasury Employees Union descended onto Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby members of Congress to advocate protecting federal workers’ pay, benefits and due process protections. The federal employee union’s annual legislative conference came amid negotiations for what will be Congress’ fifth short-term spending measure...

New Recruitment Incentives, Agriculture Telework Policy Delayed, and More

February 7, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced updates last week to how agencies can offer recruitment and retention incentives to federal employees and candidates for government jobs. Agencies currently have the authority to offer recruitment, relocation and retention incentives to current or prospective federal workers up to 25 percent of the...

OPM Runs Into Annual Retirement Surge

February 5, 2018 Although the number of federal employees decreased by nearly 13,000 in the first year of the Trump administration, that shift has not made a significant impact on the Office of Personnel Management’s retirement processing efforts. Over the last year, monthly retirement claims remained mostly in line with previous years, and...

Lawmakers Make Progress on a Spending Deal

February 2, 2018 With less than a week before government funding runs out, it appears Congress will consider another short-term spending package, although negotiators reportedly are close to a long-term deal. If lawmakers do not act before midnight Feb. 8, federal agencies will shut down for the second time in as many months....

Senator Proposes Codifying DHS Cost Control Panel

February 1, 2018 Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced a bill Wednesday that would codify in statute a body that seeks to save money by coordinating acquisition and contracts between subcomponent agencies within the Homeland Security Department. The DHS Joint Requirements Council Act (S. 2359) would ensure that the department’s Joint Requirements Council, which...

TSP Ends January Mostly in the Black

February 1, 2018 Most of the portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan started 2018 on the right foot, gaining ground in January. The common stocks of the Thrift Savings Plan’s C Fund saw the best performance, increasing 5.72 percent in the first month of the year. The international portfolio grew...

Reducing Costs at FEHBP, Civil Service Reform and More

January 31, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management is encouraging insurers to find ways to reduce costs for plans in the health care program for federal employees. In its annual letter to Federal Employees Health Benefits Program carriers on Jan. 23, OPM suggested a number of ways that insurers could change their offerings,...

House Oversight Democrats Request Subpoena over HHS Gag Order

January 30, 2018 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested Monday that committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., issue a subpoena to the Health and Human Services Department after the agency failed to provide information related to a 2017 “gag order” on employees. In the early days of the Trump...

Appointee Watch: HHS Secretary, Fed Chairman Confirmed

January 29, 2018 On Monday, four months to the day that former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign over a scandal involving his use of publicly funded private plane travel, President Trump attended the swearing in of Alex Azar, who was confirmed last week to lead the agency....

Mediation Service Tops Best Small Agencies to Work in Washington

January 26, 2018 The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service took the top prize among small agencies as a best place to work in the federal government, according to newly updated rankings released Friday by the Partnership for Public Service. Every year, the Partnership analyzes the results of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual...