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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner
Erich Wagner is a senior correspondent covering pay, benefits, organized labor 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

Bush-era national security officials warn against politicizing civil service

In a letter to congressional committee staff directors, a cadre of former Republican appointees urged lawmakers to pursue a “middle ground” of federal employee accountability that preserves merit systems principles.

Policy

Deal will allow military spouses to telework from overseas

An agreement between the departments of Defense and State aims to ease unemployment among the spouses of servicemembers—and increase military families' quality of life.

Policy

Trump’s plan to purge federal employees draws fire

The former president's vow to gut civil-service protections at the Pentagon and elsewhere is "all about patronage and loyalty," one senator says.

Threats

‘Continuous vetting’ effort will expand to cover more defense civilians

After a successful pilot program, the government plans expand the background-check process to all “public trust” positions.

Policy

Senate preps short-term funding measure, but House remains on path to shutdown

The lower body's GOP leaders continue to pursue deep cuts to that stand no chance across Capitol Hill or in the White House.

Policy

What defense employees can expect if the government shuts down

Here's what would happen to feds' pay and benefits if House Republicans force a shutdown on Oct. 1.

Policy

5.2% Pay Bump for Troops, Feds in 2024 Budget Proposal

The largest proposed pay raise for federal employees since the Carter administration still falls short of the demands of some Democrats and unions.

Policy

Cutting Pentagon Jobs Won't Stop the Real Waste, Union Says

Lawmakers should reject pressure to fund underperforming weapons and service contracts, AFGE officials said.

Policy

House Republicans Vote to Turn Back Time on Telework

The SHOW UP Act would require federal agencies to revert to their pre-pandemic telework policies.

Threats

Former Acting DOD Comptroller Accused of Sexual Harassment, Using N-Word

The Pentagon inspector general's office says it substantiated several allegations against Douglas Glenn, now CFO at the Office of Personnel Management.

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."