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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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Lawmaker Threatens USDA Officials with 'Legislative Metrics' to Preserve Telework

May 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Democrat during a hearing on government IT reform Wednesday demanded that officials with the Agriculture Department explain recent restrictions on the ability of agency employees to work remotely, and suggested he would introduce a bill on telework “metrics” to reverse the decision, if necessary. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,...

Lawmaker Threatens USDA Officials with 'Legislative Metrics' to Preserve Telework

May 23, 2018 A House Democrat during a hearing on government IT reform Wednesday demanded that officials with the Agriculture Department explain recent restrictions on the ability of agency employees to work remotely, and suggested he would introduce a bill on telework “metrics” to reverse the decision, if necessary. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,...

Pay and Leave Changes for Some, TSP Fund Management and More

May 23, 2018 Border Patrol agents assigned to look after their canine colleagues while off duty could soon receive overtime credit for those responsibilities under a bill approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday. The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act (H.R. 5896), introduced Monday by Reps. Will...

OPM: Agencies Should Provide Better Training for Supervisors

May 22, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management told agencies Monday that the results of a governmentwide survey show they must do a better job of training and retraining federal managers and supervisors throughout their careers. Mark Reinhold, OPM’s associate director for employee services, in a May 21 memo to human resources directors...

How Pay Raises and Retiree COLAs Work

May 21, 2018 As administration officials and lawmakers consider an array of proposals that could impact pay and benefits for federal employees and retirees, it’s worth going over the annual process federal agencies undertake to determine potential pay increases for workers, and cost of living adjustments for retired annuitants. Last week, Office of...

Report: IG Is Investigating State Dept. Reassignments

May 18, 2018 Officials at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General reportedly have confirmed that the office is formally investigating whether career employees were reassigned to posts outside their area of expertise for political reasons. Talking Points Memo reported that OIG spokeswoman Sarah Breen described the review as “ongoing.” Breen did...

These Agencies Saw the Biggest Changes in Use of 'Official Time' Over Two Years

May 18, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management’s new report on the use of official time at federal agencies in fiscal 2016 found that while the overall amount of time union officials governmentwide were paid to perform representational duties had increased by 4.12 percent since fiscal 2014, some individual agencies saw much greater...

OPM Reports 4 Percent Increase in Use of Official Time Over Two Years

May 17, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management released a report Thursday on the use of official time at federal agencies in fiscal 2016, stating that the amount of paid time used by union officials for representational duties had increased by 4.12 percent since fiscal 2014. In a press release accompanying the report,...

White House Officials Defend Federal Benefits Cuts, Management Agenda

May 16, 2018 Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon defended the Trump administration's proposal to cut retirement benefits for federal workers before a House panel Wednesday, arguing the government should shift from pensions toward a defined contribution program. Pon, answering questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing...

A Fix for the Relocation Tax Snafu, an Unsuccessful Push for TRICARE Expansion, and More

May 16, 2018 The General Services Administration on Monday took steps to correct a situation where federal employees found themselves on the hook for sizeable tax bills related to government-paid relocation expenses after agencies made them move for work. Officials at the Senior Executives Association had lodged complaints that federal employees who recently...