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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.
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.
Management

Biden Administration to Lift Capacity Caps at Federal Worksites

Agencies may set their own limits on how many federal employees can return to the office beginning next month, and in the meantime, the federal government will maintain its maximum telework posture.

Management

Report Calling for At-Will Federal Employment Suggests Trump Workforce Policy Isn’t Going Anywhere

Experts say the release of a controversial paper advocating at-will employment for federal workers portends future efforts to strip employees of civil service protections.

Management

OPM Finalizes Rule Easing Rehiring of Ex-Feds

Under new rules, federal agencies will be able to rehire former federal workers at a higher pay grade than when they left government.

Management

Biden Administration to Grant TSA Employees Full Collective Bargaining Rights, Better Pay

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ordered Transportation Security Administrator David Pekoske to align employees’ rights with those enjoyed by the vast majority of federal workers, including access to the General Schedule pay system.

Pay & Benefits

Employee Groups Continue to Push for Bigger Pay Raise Following Biden Budget Release

Several organizations representing federal employees announce that they support a 3.2% pay increase next year, rather than the 2.7% boost proposed in the president’s fiscal 2022 budget.

Pay & Benefits

Most TSP Funds Continue Upward Trend in May

Only one portfolio in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program lost value last month.

Management

Biden Ends Trend of Benefit-Cutting Budgets, But New Federal Workforce Initiatives Are Still Being Developed

Most of the workforce provisions outlined in the president’s first budget submission are vague references to policies that will be part of the forthcoming president's management agenda.

Pay & Benefits

Biden Proposes 2.7% Raise for Feds in 2022, Restoring Pay Parity

Although it is unclear how plan breaks out between locality pay and across-the-board increases, the topline number matches the president's proposed pay raise for members of the military.

Pay & Benefits

Two New Retirement Savings Bills Could Impact TSP

Officials at the Thrift Savings Plan said both bills aimed at making it easier for older Americans to get ready for retirement require changes to be implemented faster than is possible.

Management

Senate Democrats Call on Attorney General to Restore Immigration Judges Union

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Merrick Garland to reverse efforts to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges and to axe a policy restricting judges' ability to speak publicly on immigration issues.

Management

House Panel Advances Bill Aimed at Preventing Future Schedule F Efforts

The measure would require congressional approval for any efforts to add new classifications of jobs outside of the federal government’s competitive service.

Pay & Benefits

Biden Climate Edict Could Spell End for TSP Fossil Fuel Investments

The president’s executive order aimed at incorporating “climate-related financial risk” into federal budgeting also instructs officials to review how the Thrift Savings Plan considers risks from climate change in its decision-making.

Management

Arbitrator: Social Security Engaged in Multiple Instances of Bad Faith Bargaining, Must Renegotiate

In a separate decision, a federal judge found the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the Association of Administrative Law Judges’ suit challenging the constitutionality of appointments to the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Management

OPM Updates Agencies, Unions on Labor-Management Forums

A Trump-era order shutting down union-management councils at federal agencies remains “under review,” officials said, but in the meantime, agencies may elect to start new ones if they wish.

Management

OPM Urges Agencies to Support Feds’ Mental Health

The government’s HR agency this week will host a panel discussion of mental health issues for officials and share tips for managers to support work-life balance initiatives.

Pay & Benefits

Bipartisan Bill Would Extend Feds’ Paid Parental Leave to Military Troops

Legislation would provide service members with 12 weeks of paid parental leave per year and would extend the benefit to scenarios involving miscarriages and stillbirths.