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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner
Erich Wagner is a senior correspondent covering pay, benefits, organized labor 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.
Pay

Locality pay tweaks, possible Social Security changes—and more

These news items come as part of a weekly roundup of pay and benefits developments ...

Employee Policy

Telework: FDIC is already reneging on new telework agreement, union says

NTEU says employees at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation were promised telework—with no need to return to the office regularly. But then, contrary to that pledge, managers made attendance at weekly check-in meetings mandatory.

Employee Policy

A House panel advances legislation to protect feds during pandemics

The Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act proposes to require federal agencies to develop and publish workplace safety plans, to get ready for future pandemics.

Employee Policy

OPM: Here's how feds can help fight hunger and dietary diseases

The news on how you can be of assistance comes as part of a roundup of developments on pay and benefits news.

Employee Policy

A conservative group wants to make It easier for feds to bust their own unions

Union officials said that a certain agency—one at the heart of a case asking when employees can seek to decertify their unions, after a bargaining unit consolidation—could have a conflict of interest.

Employee Policy

Immigration judges say FLRA made up rules, to decertify union

In an appeal in federal circuit court, the National Association of Immigration Judges accused the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s then-Republican majority of already deciding to decertify the union—before even considering arguments in the case.

TSP

Lawmaker calls for Inspector General oversight of TSP

The news comes as part of a roundup of developments on pay and benefits.

TSP

Longtime TSP board member announced he will resign

Former acting Chairman David Jones’ replacement remains held up on the Senate floor by GOP lawmakers.

TSP

TSP portfolios faltered again in August

Retirement news: Nearly all of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan returned to negative territory last month.

Benefits

Lawmakers are urging OPM to beef up feds’ fertility benefits

Democrats in both chambers of Congress bemoaned the abridged—and often expensive—coverage of treatments such as in vitro fertilization in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Employee Policy

Here’s where federal employee unions can look to expand their ranks

According to new data from the Office of Personnel Management, nearly 300,000 federal employees are eligible to form unions but haven’t.

Pay

GSA announces travel per diem rates, and more

This news comes as a part of a weekly roundup on pay and benefits ...

Pay

A closer look at locality pay increase likely coming to thousands of feds

This news on the probable pay increase comes as part of a weekly roundup on pay and benefits.

Pay

Federal Salary Council finally makes locality pay recommendations

Feds made 22.47% less on average than their private sector counterparts last year, according to the recently reconstituted Federal Salary Council.

Employee Policy

Employee group renews calls for agencies to protect feds, post-Roe

Among the requests: administrative leave and travel reimbursement—to cover federal workers who must travel across state lines to receive abortion services—as well as to opt out of relocating to states that ban the procedure.

Employee Policy

FLRA substantiates union accusations against EEOC, over reentry

The federal anti-discrimination agency, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, said it was committed to bargaining “in good faith” with its labor representatives—but stopped short of committing to roll back its unilaterally implemented reentry plan.

Pay

Another firefighter compensation bill passes, and more ...

A bill providing better pay for federal firefighters passed in the House, and separately a measure to reform retirement for federal first responders advanced, along with other newsworthy items in our weekly roundup on pay and benefits.

Employee Policy

Appeals court again overrules Trump-era FLRA policy

Shortly before the 2020 election, labor authority Republicans unraveled decades of precedent, finding that agencies may begin implementing new governmentwide rules when union contracts are extended for the purposes of negotiating a new agreement. As of this week, all of these Trump-era moves have been reversed.

Employee Policy

Senate Dems join push to block Schedule F

As Republican groups discuss plans to reinstitute the controversial plan to strip tens of thousands of federal workers of their civil service protections, congressional Democrats have renewed their efforts to block it.