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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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Agencies Strip Union of Office Space, Attempt to Charge Rent

July 10, 2018 Officials with the National Treasury Employees Union said Tuesday that two agencies have begun efforts to implement President Trump’s recent workforce executive orders governing union use of agency property. Last week, the Office of Personnel Management issued guidance on policy changes in light of the Trump administration’s efforts to make...

Appointee Watch: Movement at Consumer Bureau, More Ambassadorial Nominations

July 9, 2018 As all eyes have been on President Trump’s deliberations over filling the opening on the Supreme Court, the White House in recent weeks has announced the nominations of a number of key administration posts, including a new director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Last month, Trump announced that he...

Thousands of Feds Would Get Raises Under OPM’s Locality Pay Proposal

July 6, 2018 Around 62,000 federal employees could see a pay raise next year, thanks to proposed regulations from the Office of Personnel Management. On Friday, OPM Director Jeff Pon published a proposal in the Federal Register to add four regions to its list of locality pay areas for 2019: Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, Ala.; Burlington-South...

OPM Issues Guidance on Executive Orders, But Many Questions Remain

July 5, 2018 Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon on Thursday released guidance for agencies to implement President Trump’s recent executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire employees and reducing the influence of federal employee unions. And while the memos spell out a laundry list of tasks for departments to...

The Empty Chair at the Heart of the White House’s War on Unions

July 5, 2018 Although the Trump administration has taken several steps to try to reduce the power of federal employee unions in recent weeks, advocates and observers argue that the most critical piece of the White House’s workforce agenda is something President Trump has not done. In May, Trump signed three executive orders...

Paid Parental Leave, Human Capital Reviews and More

July 3, 2018 Legislation introduced in Congress last week would provide paid leave for federal civilian employees who have or adopt a child for the first time. The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 6275), introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., would provide federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave following the...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Files Brief Supporting Unions' Legal Challenge Against Workforce EOs

July 2, 2018 A bipartisan group of current and former lawmakers on Monday filed a brief in support of federal employee unions’ legal challenge against three controversial executive orders that seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and reduce the influence of federal employee unions. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Peter...

Most TSP Funds Flat in June

July 2, 2018 Most of the portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were stagnant last month. The small- and mid-size business stocks of the S Fund saw the greatest growth of any offerings in the Thrift Savings Plan in June, increasing 0.86 percent. That brings the fund's gains since January...

Survey: One in Three Feds Say They or a Colleague Have Received Threats in 2018

June 29, 2018 As partisan divisions deepen across the country, federal employees increasingly find themselves on the front lines of policy battles over which they have little control. As many as one in three federal employees say they recently have been threatened or harassed as a result of performing their jobs or know...

Watchdogs Investigate Homeland Security, HHS Handling of Separated Migrant Children

June 28, 2018 The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it would investigate federal departments’ actions in the separation and detention of thousands of migrant children taken from their parents under the Trump administration’s aborted “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. Additionally, the Health and Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General confirmed...