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Erich Wagner

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.
Policy

Rolling Back Trump's Workforce Policies Won't Be Simple

President-elect Biden has vowed to rescind on his first day a series of Trump-era directives aimed at weakening federal labor unions and politicizing the civil service, but repairing the damage could take much longer.

Policy

Administration Rushes Out Guidelines for Ending Civil Service Protections

Just two days after the executive order, initial instructions are issued on converting career federal policy-making positions to at-will appointments.

Policy

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Enables Politicized Civil Service

President Trump's new directive allows thousands of federal jobs now filled through competition to be turned into at-will positions.

Threats

Wear Homemade Masks If You Can't Get Real Ones, Pentagon Tells Its People

N95 respirators and surgical masks will be reserved for health care workers and patients, the Defense Department said in a series of memos this week.

Ideas

DOD Civilians Would Get 1% Pay Raise Under 2021 Budget Proposal

That's more than the Trump administration's 2020 request, which would have frozen wages, but less than the 3.1% average pay increase enacted by Congress.

Policy

The Government is Spending $90 Million a Day to Pay People Not to Work

The government’s debt to furloughed workers has already surpassed the payroll costs related to the 2013 shutdown.

Threats

Homeland Security Warns Its Employees of Increased Threats to Them

Acting DHS DepSec says recent days have seen an uptick "in response to U.S. government actions surrounding immigration."

Threats

As Clearance Backlog Soars Past 710,000, Senators Want to Know Why

A nearly four-fold increase has people waiting more than a year for top-secret clearance.

Threats

Mattis Fills Key Executive Positions at the Pentagon

Former official: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ political SES appointments are mainstream choices.