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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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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...

The Agencies With the Biggest Gains—And Losses—in Employee Happiness

October 30, 2018 Happiness among federal employees stagnated in 2018, according to an annual survey of the government’s workforce, and although a number of agencies posted gains in worker satisfaction, several large agencies saw steep declines. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, released by the Office of Personnel Management last week, found that the...

Response Rates to Federal Employee Workplace Satisfaction Survey a Growing Concern

October 26, 2018 Although officials at the Office of Personnel Management applauded slight growth in employee engagement metrics in the results of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey released Thursday, there is increasing worry over a long-running trend of declining participation in the questionnaire. Across government, the employee engagement increased by 1 point...

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...