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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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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...

Senators: SSA Has Carried Workforce Executive Orders Too Far

July 27, 2018 Maryland's Democratic senators are demanding information about the Social Security Administration's implementation of President Trump’s recent workforce executive orders, which they said went far beyond the mandate set out by the Trump administration. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin sent letters to SSA Acting Commissioner Nancy Berryhill and Associate...

House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect Telework at Agencies

July 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democratic House members introduced legislation Thursday to protect and expand the use of telework at federal agencies, partly in response to recent policies to limit the practice at the Education and Agriculture departments. The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md.,...

In 4-Hour Hearing, Judge Suggests Executive Orders Ignore Half of Labor Statute

July 26, 2018 After months of posturing by the Trump administration and federal employee unions, both sides had their day in court Wednesday, as a federal judge spent four hours challenging each of them over the president’s recent workforce executive orders. More than a dozen federal employee unions have sued in the U.S....

House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect Telework at Agencies

July 26, 2018 Democratic House members introduced legislation Thursday to protect and expand the use of telework at federal agencies, partly in response to recent policies to limit the practice at the Education and Agriculture departments. The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md.,...

Republican Lawmaker: 'It’s Long Past Time' for Federal Parental Paid Leave

July 25, 2018 A Republican lawmaker in a Northern Virginia district that is home to many federal employees said at a panel discussion Monday that now may be the best chance for Congress to provide civil servants with access to paid parental leave. “Paid parental leave in the federal government is really long...

White House Opposes Senate Pay Raise Proposal

July 24, 2018 The Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday that it is “concerned” about a provision of the Senate’s latest minibus spending package that would provide a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees next year. On Monday, the Senate began debate on a fiscal 2019 appropriations bill covering a...