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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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OPM: Federal Happiness Stagnated in 2018, While Survey Participation Tanked

October 25, 2018 A measure of federal employees’ engagement inched higher in 2018 according to an annual governmentwide survey measuring attitudes toward management and compensation, but the number of feds who participated in the exercise dropped significantly compared with last year. The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that this year’s iteration of...

Federal Employee Union Pickets Outside HHS Headquarters, Demands Bargaining

October 25, 2018 Around 75 members of a federal employee union picketed outside of the Health and Human Services Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, demanding that the department’s leadership return to the bargaining table to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Earlier this year, HHS officials declared an impasse in discussions...

Federal Officers Association Asks OPM to Roll Back 2016 Annuity Change

October 24, 2018 A group representing the federal law enforcement community last week sent a letter to acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert asking her to roll back an Obama administration decision to change how payments to divorced retirees are distributed to them and their former spouses. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which...

Greater Use of Talent Exchange Programs Tops New List of Proposed Federal Workforce Reforms

October 23, 2018 A nonprofit group that partnered with the Office of Management and Budget to host a day-long discussion on federal workforce issues last month issued a series of recommendations Tuesday to spur reform of agency practices. OMB hosted an off-the-record symposium in September, inviting agency leaders, HR professionals, nonprofit groups and...

Report: Governmentwide Employee Satisfaction Survey Results Mostly Unchanged From 2017

October 22, 2018 The results of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual survey of employees’ happiness and engagement across the federal government won’t be formally released until later this week, but thanks to officials at the Thrift Savings Plan including governmentwide data as a comparison point in a presentation Monday on the agency’s...

The Employees Managing the Thrift Savings Plan Are Happier This Year

October 22, 2018 Officials with the 401(k)-style retirement savings program for federal employees said Monday that they have begun to reverse a downturn in engagement among their own employees. At a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which governs the Thrift Savings Plan, officials announced that the agency improved its...

Court Denies Trump Administration Request to Expedite Appeal of Workforce EO Decision

October 19, 2018 A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday mostly denied a request by the Trump administration to expedite its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling overturning the key provisions of three controversial workforce executive orders. Last month, lawyers with the Justice Department...

Despite Leadership Shake-Up, Transfer of OPM Services to GSA Remains in Doubt

October 18, 2018 Although a leadership shake-up at the Office of Personnel Management reinvigorated talk of transferring the agency's health benefits, retirement and other services to the General Services Administration, questions remain about the legality of the proposal and whether it will actually improve outcomes. Earlier this month, then-OPM Director Jeff Pon was...

Another Pay Freeze Notice, Emergency Leave for Disaster Victims and More

October 17, 2018 Although Congress may be well on its way to including a 1.9 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees in its appropriations legislation slated for passage after the midterm elections, the Trump administration is proceeding as if the president’s plan for a pay freeze in 2019 will become reality, for...

Federal Retirement Claims Increase 24 Percent in Fiscal 2018

October 15, 2018 According to recently released data from the Office of Personnel Management, the number of federal employees who filed for retirement increased 24 percent in fiscal 2018 over the previous year. Retirement processing statistics published by OPM earlier this month showed that 7,142 employees filed for retirement in September, the final...