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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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VA to Eliminate Official Time for All Medical Positions

November 9, 2018 The Veterans Affairs Department announced Thursday that it would unilaterally stop paying union employees in medical disciplines for time spent on representational duties. Acting VA Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd announced that next week the department would “repudiate” all portions of its collective bargaining agreements with...

OSHA Faults Agriculture Department in Lead Abatement Fiasco

November 7, 2018 The Agriculture Department violated employee safety laws when conducting lead abatement activities at its headquarters offices last spring, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently ruled, nonetheless, union officials say the department has failed to address the issue. In April, workers in the Rural Development division arrived at work one...

Cost of Living Adjustments for Military Retirees, the Blended Retirement Deadline Looms and More

November 7, 2018 The Defense Department announced Tuesday that military retirees and survivors will receive an increase in their pay and annuities in 2019. Beginning Jan. 1, most military retirees, enrollees in the Survivor Benefit Plan and survivors of service members who died on active or inactive duty, will receive a 2.8 percent...

Feds Not Alone in Believing Raises Are Unfairly Distributed

November 5, 2018 When the Office of Personnel Management announced the results of its annual governmentwide survey of federal employees last month, acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert was quick to cite workers’ lack of satisfaction with how pay raises are tied to performance. “Unfortunately, our people also continue to feel that the federal...

Senators Demand OPM End Agencies' Circumvention of Workforce Court Order

November 2, 2018 A group of 16 Democratic senators on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” with how some federal agencies have appeared to move forward with implementation of provisions of a series of controversial workforce executive orders, despite a court order barring them from doing so. In August, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson...

Consumer Bureau Union Files Grievance Over Political Appointee's Racist Blog Posts

November 1, 2018 A union representing employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday filed a mass grievance against the agency over its handling of a political appointee’s racist blog posts, calling for his removal. Eric Blankenstein, a CFPB policy director, had been appointed by the Trump administration to oversee, among other...

TSP Portfolios Took a Nosedive in October

November 1, 2018 Nearly all of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program tumbled last month, mirroring a month of volatility in the financial markets. The Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund, which is made up of government securities, was the only portfolio in the black in October, gaining 0.26 percent....

Pay Satisfaction Improves, VA Tweaks Pension Benefits for Veterans

October 31, 2018 Although the recently released results of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey suggested that federal workers still are not satisfied with how raises and promotions are doled out across government, they appear to be growing more satisfied with their own salaries. The percentage of respondents who...

Agencies That Cut Telework Took a Beating in Annual Employee Survey

October 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two federal departments that controversially made unilateral cuts to their telework programs were among the worst performers in this year’s survey of federal employees’ happiness and engagement, according to a Government Executive analysis. In the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, released last week by the Office of Personnel Management, the Agriculture...

Agencies That Cut Telework Took a Beating in Annual Employee Survey

October 30, 2018 Two federal departments that controversially made unilateral cuts to their telework programs were among the worst performers in this year’s survey of federal employees’ happiness and engagement, according to a Government Executive analysis. In the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, released last week by the Office of Personnel Management, the Agriculture...