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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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Employees at a Small Agency Proposed for Elimination Vote to Unionize

May 3, 2018 Employees at the Chemical Safety Board have successfully voted to organize into a union under the umbrella of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union official announced this week. Workers at the tiny agency, which has been proposed for abolition by the Trump administration in both of its annual...

Survey: Nearly 30 Percent of Feds Report Greater Resistance to Telework

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A flash poll of federal employees suggests that although recent changes to telework policies are not widespread across agencies, attitudes toward remote work arrangements may be turning more negative. Nearly one in three federal employees surveyed by the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, reported...

Survey: Nearly 30 Percent of Feds Report Greater Resistance to Telework

May 3, 2018 A flash poll of federal employees suggests that although recent changes to telework policies are not widespread across agencies, attitudes toward remote work arrangements may be turning more negative. Nearly one in three federal employees surveyed by the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, reported...

Lead Abatement at USDA Facility Brings Telework Clash to the Fore

May 2, 2018 This story has been updated to include comment from the Agriculture Department. Chearice Vaughn, who works at the Agriculture Department headquarters’ South Building in Washington, arrived at her job one morning last month and noticed a "Do Not Enter" sign, warning of unspecified renovations that would occur in an office...

Changes to the Federal Health Insurance Program, Agency Leader Cuts His Own Pay, and More

May 2, 2018 Enrollees in the health insurance program for federal employees could see some additional options available to them during the next open enrollment period next fall. The Office of Personnel Management published a rule last week in the Federal Register standardizing how many and what kinds of plans any given insurance...

TSP Funds Level Off After Months of Volatility

May 1, 2018 After months of volatility and big swings in the stock markets, portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were generally flat last month, with most ending April slightly in the black. The international stocks of the Thrift Savings Plan’s I Fund saw the biggest gains in April, growing...

OPM Director: Expect 'Full Court Press' for Civil Service Changes

April 30, 2018 The head of the Office of Personnel Management said Monday that he plans to spend much of this year advocating on behalf of large-scale civil service reform, both through legislative proposals and administrative changes. “Legislation is always the tougher lift, and we can do things through legislation, through executive orders...

D.C.-Area Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Telework Programs

April 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A D.C.-area lawmaker said Friday that he believes a combination of negative perceptions of federal employees and “attitudinal and cultural barriers” in the workforce could help account for recent cutbacks to some agencies’ telework programs, and he is working to combat that trend. In recent months, the Agriculture Department significantly...

Trump Again Threatens Shutdown Over Wall Funding

April 30, 2018 President Trump during a rally in Michigan reiterated his threats not to accept a fiscal 2019 spending package that does not include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a speech to supporters, Trump touted the $1.6 billion appropriated for the wall in the omnibus spending bill...

D.C.-Area Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Telework Programs

April 27, 2018 A D.C.-area lawmaker said Friday that he believes a combination of negative perceptions of federal employees and “attitudinal and cultural barriers” in the workforce could help account for recent cutbacks to some agencies’ telework programs, and he is working to combat that trend. In recent months, the Agriculture Department significantly...