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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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OPM Would Lose Its Independence, Service Functions Under Reorganization Plan

June 21, 2018 The Trump administration announced Thursday its plan to reorganize the federal government, which includes a proposal to transfer nearly all of the Office of Personnel Management’s service responsibilities and to remove the agency’s independent status. Under the plan, which was more than a year in the offing, the agency’s security...

A Possible Pay Raise, A Panel Pushes Benefits Cuts, and More

June 20, 2018 A House panel on Tuesday released its blueprint for fiscal 2019 spending, which echoes the Trump administration’s proposals targeting federal employee retirement programs. Republicans on the House Budget Committee said its “Budget for a Brighter American Future” would balance the budget within nine years through a mixture of cuts to...

Federal Judge Consolidates Lawsuits on Workforce Executive Orders, Schedules Hearing

June 19, 2018 A federal judge announced Monday that she is consolidating three different legal challenges brought against President Trump’s recent workforce executive orders, and has scheduled a hearing date of July 25. Since the enactment of three controversial executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire federal employees and reducing the...

45 Senate Democrats Demand That Trump Rescind Workforce Executive Orders

June 19, 2018 This post has been updated to include five additional signatures on the letter. A group of 45 Democratic senators on Tuesday demanded President Trump rescind his controversial recent executive orders that seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and severely curb the influence of federal employee unions. In...

Senate Appropriators Ignore Trump's Proposed Pay Freeze, Back 1.9% Raise for Feds

June 19, 2018 A Senate panel on Tuesday advanced spending legislation that would provide federal civilian employees with an across-the-board 1.9 percent pay increase in 2019, contrary to the White House’s request for a pay freeze. The raise is in the Senate version of the fiscal 2019 Financial Services and General Government appropriations...

HUD Moves to Evict Union from Federal Office Space

June 18, 2018 Officials at the Housing and Urban Development Department told federal employee unions last week that they must vacate government-provided office space by mid-July, a move that union officials say is an attempt to undermine collective bargaining negotiations. On June 14, the department issued a notice to the American Federation of...

Education Department Proposes New, More Restrictive Telework Policy

June 15, 2018 Officials at the Education Department have proposed significantly limiting telework for employees, just months after leadership implemented a new collective bargaining agreement removing existing provisions governing the practice. If implemented, employees at the Education Department would only be allowed to work remotely one day per week, and people with alternate...

House Democrats Join Fight Against Workforce Executive Orders

June 14, 2018 A group of 23 House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer, demanded Thursday that President Trump rescind three controversial executive orders that seek to make it easier for agencies to fire federal workers and significantly curb the influence of federal employee unions. In a letter to...

Democratic Senators Demand OPM Reverse Course on Proposed Retirement Cuts

June 14, 2018 A group of 26 Democratic senators penned a letter Wednesday to Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon urging him not to move forward with his request to Congress for a slew of cuts to federal employee retirement programs. Last month, Pon asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to introduce legislation...

13 Unions File Lawsuit Against All Three Workforce Executive Orders

June 13, 2018 A group of 13 federal employee unions jointly sued the Trump administration and the Office of Personnel Management Wednesday, challenging the legality of three controversial workforce executive orders. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the third legal challenge from federal employee unions, but...