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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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Lawmaker Seeks Locality Pay Parity Between Blue and White Collar Feds

5:14 PM ET Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced a bill last week that would seek parity between how salaried and hourly federal employees are paid depending on where they live. The Locality Pay Equity Act (H.R. 4039) would direct the Office of Personnel Management to adopt a unified map for determining locality pay...

The 6 Agencies Where Employee Morale Has Declined the Most

October 13, 2017 While federal officials boasted modest gains governmentwide in employee satisfaction and morale in the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey released Thursday, not all agencies kept up with the overall improvement. Across government, the measure of worker happiness—represented by the global satisfaction index—increased by 3 points, from 61 last year to...

The 6 Agencies Where Employee Happiness Has Improved the Most

October 13, 2017 Federal employees said they are happier and more engaged for the third straight year in 2017, according to an annual survey of the government’s workforce. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, released by the Office of Personnel management Thursday, found that the global satisfaction index, a score that measures workers’ happiness...

Federal Employees Happier, More Engaged for Third Year in a Row

October 12, 2017 The happiness and engagement of federal employees inched higher for the third straight year in 2017, according to a new governmentwide survey measuring attitudes on jobs, management and compensation. The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that this year’s iteration of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey saw a 3-point increase...

Appointee Watch: Kelly’s Replacement at DHS Announced

October 12, 2017 After months of Elaine Duke filling in as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, President Trump finally announced his choice to lead the department on a permanent basis Wednesday. If confirmed, Kirstjen Nielsen would be the successor to John Kelly, who left the department in July to become the White...

Ousted Local Officials Accuse Largest Federal Employee Union of ‘Sloppy Coup’

October 12, 2017 For the second time in three months, officials at the largest federal employee union are embroiled in a contentious internal dispute over resources and authority. National leaders at the American Federation of Government Employees last week ousted officials at the local covering Labor Department headquarters over spending on a recent...

House Approves TSP Modernization Bill

October 11, 2017 The House by voice vote approved a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for participants in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program to manage their investments. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R.3031), introduced by Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would allow federal employees and retirees to make...

A Small Dent in the Retirement Backlog, Tips for Feds to Prevent Opioid Abuse, and More

October 11, 2017 After months of struggling to cope with the number of federal employees filing retirement requests, the Office of Personnel Management made modest progress in reducing the backlog in September. OPM reported last week that it had received 8,810 new retirement claims for the month, and it processed 9,107 requests. That...

House Proposal for Federal Employee Health Program Could Decimate Workers’ Benefits

October 6, 2017 A proposal to change how the government calculates its contributions to premiums in the federal government’s insurance program could make health care all but unaffordable for workers and retirees, employee groups said. The report on the House budget resolution, approved Thursday by a 219-206 vote, includes a provision that advocates...

TSP: House Proposal Would Make G-Fund 'Virtually Worthless'

October 5, 2017 Officials with the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal employees said a proposal floated in the House’s fiscal 2018 budget resolution could effectively cripple one of its major investment portfolios. The legislation, approved Thursday, suggests reducing the statutorily mandated interest rate of the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund, which is...