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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 Director Envisions More Influence for Human Capital Officers

April 24, 2018 The head of the Office of Personnel Management urged agencies on Monday to appoint qualified chief human capital officers to serve on an advisory council, and he announced plans to increase the influence of the group in shaping federal workforce policy. In a memorandum to departments, OPM Director Jeff Pon...

Patent Office Director: No 'Significant' Reorganization Planned

April 23, 2018 In testimony on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu told lawmakers that there will be no major shake-up to the agency’s structure or workforce. Iancu, who was confirmed by the Senate in February, discussed a variety of issues facing the agency before the Senate...

Management Chief: Trump Administration Will Renew Push for Performance Pay Fund

April 23, 2018 The Trump administration's management chief said last week that it is past time for Congress to make updates to the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. “We all know that it’s been 40 years since the last major civil service reform,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office...

Many Lose Jobs After National Park Service Changes Interpretation of Seasonal Work Rule

April 20, 2018 Tracey Wiese and her husband Bruce Carter have been employees of the National Park Service for more than 30 years. For the entirety of their careers at the agency, they have served as seasonal employees switching between different parks during the year and actively chose not to pursue permanent positions....

Is OPM's New Weather Policy the 'Natural Progression' of Telework?

April 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management’s new policy governing weather and safety leave will bring the handling of snow days for employees who work remotely in line with private sector trends, an observer said. But she warned that in order for the initiative to be successful, agencies will need to be...

Is OPM's New Weather Policy the 'Natural Progression' of Telework?

April 19, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management’s new policy governing weather and safety leave will bring the handling of snow days for employees who work remotely in line with private sector trends, an observer said. But she warned that in order for the initiative to be successful, agencies will need to be...

OMB Chief Defends Pay Freeze, Pay for Performance

April 18, 2018 Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s plan to freeze all federal civilian employee pay in 2019 and more broadly reduce the frequency of step increases moving forward in favor of performance-based pay. In testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Mulvaney, who splits...

OPM Outlines Pay Changes, the Future of Long-Term Care and More

April 18, 2018 Last week, the Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget, released its first quarterly report on how to implement the cross-agency priorities outlined by President Trump’s management agenda. The document featured a laundry list of reforms to the hiring process, performance...

IG: OPM Needs Contingency Plan for Long-Term Care Insurance

April 17, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management inspector general recommended this week that the agency come up with a backup plan for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program after an audit of a bid process that produced only one application to administer the plan. In 2015, OPM decided not to renew...

Officials Highlight Pay for Performance, Streamlined Firing in New Management Document

April 16, 2018 Just weeks after the announcement of President Trump’s management agenda, three agency leaders have put together the first roadmap for implementation of the White House’s workforce goals. In a quarterly report released last week, the Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget described...