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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.
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.
Workforce

Only Two Agencies Had Submitted Their Schedule F Plans for Approval Before Its Rescission, But Several Others Had Begun Work

Officials with the Office of Personnel Management told the Government Accountability Office that it did not issue regulations on the controversial executive order because they wanted to “observe” how agencies would implement it first.

Workforce

Unions Are Making a Last-Ditch Effort to Expand Bargaining Rights for VA Medical Professionals

Labor leaders are urging lawmakers to vote to repeal a longstanding bar against negotiating over matters affecting patient care before the end of Congress’ session.

Workforce

EEOC to Propose Rules Codifying Electronic Filing Options for Feds

Although the agency that investigates complaints of workplace discrimination has offered the option to file documents and track cases electronically for years, its regulations do not specifically endorse the current system.

Pay & Benefits

A Union Is Calling on the Administration to Do More to Retain Federal Firefighters

The Biden Administration secured significant pay raises for wildland firefighters as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, but those increases are, for now, temporary and an exodus to stabler positions has continued.

Pay & Benefits

Your Guide to Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown

Although lawmakers are loath to let appropriations lapse ahead of an election, complications remain over permitting reform and other measures expected to be included in legislation to keep the government open.

Workforce

A House Panel Overwhelmingly Advanced Legislation to Protect Federal Workers During Pandemics

The Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act would require federal agencies to develop and publish workplace safety plans to prepare for future pandemics.

Workforce

FDIC Is Already Reneging on Its New Telework Agreement, Union Says

The National Treasury Employees Union said employees were promised telework with no need to return to the office regularly, only for managers to make attendance at weekly check-in meetings mandatory.

Workforce

The House Has Approved a Bill to Prevent Future Schedules F

Despite the support of more than 30 good government groups, Republicans remained largely opposed to the measure.

Workforce

A Conservative Group Wants to Make It Easier for Feds to Bust Their Own Unions

Union officials said the agency at the heart of a case asking when employees can seek to decertify their unions after a bargaining unit consolidation could have a conflict of interest.

Workforce

Immigration Judges Say the FLRA Made Up Rules to Decertify Union

In its appeal in federal circuit court, the National Association of Immigration Judges accused the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s then-Republican majority of already deciding to decertify the union before considering arguments in the case.

Workforce

The FLRA Issues Another Complaint Against EEOC, This Time Over Tampa Union Evictions

Officials with the union representing EEOC employees said a steward was kicked out of their agency-provided office space after highlighting long-running anti-union animus by management at the Tampa field office.

Pay & Benefits

A Longtime TSP Board Member Announced He Will Resign

Former acting Chairman David Jones’ replacement remains held up on the Senate floor by GOP lawmakers.

Pay & Benefits

TSP Portfolios Faltered Again in August

Nearly all of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan returned to negative territory last month.

Pay & Benefits

It's Official: Biden Formalizes Average 4.6% Pay Raise Plan for Feds in 2023

The annual declaration of a national emergency preventing large automatic pay increases from taking effect confirms that 0.5% of the total pay raise will go to an average increase in locality pay.

Workforce

A Union is Calling on the VA to Replace Its Chief Negotiator Following Trump-esque Bargaining Demands

Despite edicts from President Biden and VA Secretary Denis McDonough to establish more collaborative labor-management relations and empower labor groups, the department continues to push for a contract that closely mirrors the former president’s anti-union executive orders.

Pay & Benefits

Lawmakers Are Urging OPM to Beef up Feds’ Fertility Benefits

Democrats in both chambers of Congress bemoaned the abridged—and often expensive—coverage of treatments such as in vitro fertilization in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.