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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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Appointee Watch: Another Round of Nominees for GSA, Defense, VA, State and Others

July 3, 2017 The Trump administration has continued its effort to nominate high-level government staff, recently announcing another round of federal prosecutors and a number of posts at the General Services Administration. But Charlie Clark reports that even as the White House announces appointments on a nearly daily basis, it could soon run...

TSP Growth Slows in June

July 3, 2017 Most portfolios in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan saw a decline in growth in June, but all but two of the funds still increased in value. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, comprised of small-cap stocks, saw the greatest improvement last month, growing by 2.33 percent, a strong...

House Panel Appears to Accept Trump's Proposed 1.9 Percent Civilian Pay Hike

June 29, 2017 This story has been updated. House Republicans appear willing to go along with President Trump’s proposed 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees in 2018, as a spending bill released Wednesday lacks language countermanding the increase. Congress has until the end of the year to block the raise, but...

House Panel Advances Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

June 28, 2017 The Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday, despite concerted opposition from Democratic members of Congress. The committee approved the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2997) 32-25, with all Democrats present voting...

A Proposed Lawmaker Housing Stipend, a Demand for Answers on Long Term Care Premiums and More

June 28, 2017 Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has become the latest person to conclude that D.C. is just too expensive. In an interview with The Hill, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, whose last day in Congress is Friday, proposed a $2,500 per month housing stipend to help lawmakers who...

House Republicans Express Concern With Trump's Proposed Federal Retirement Program Cuts

June 27, 2017 A group of nine House Republicans recently sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announcing “concerns” with proposed cuts to federal retirement programs outlined in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget. The lawmakers cited the large number of federal employees and retirees living in...

IG: VA Employee Lied About Hours Worked, Collecting $100K in Unearned Wages

June 26, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department’s Office of the Inspector General found last week that a former research investigator with the department abused the wage and official time systems, claiming thousands of hours of work when he was being compensated elsewhere. The office said the employee, whose name has been redacted from...

House Oversight Members Join Effort to Loosen TSP Withdrawal Restrictions

June 23, 2017 Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a bill Friday to provide federal employees with greater flexibility in withdrawing money from their 401(k)-style retirement accounts as a companion to similar legislation working its way through the Senate. The TSP Modernization Act, sponsored by Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...

Trump Team Starts to Fill Out OPM Leadership, With Pick for No. 2 Job

June 23, 2017 The White House announced Thursday that it would nominate Michael Rigas to serve as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. Rigas is chief of staff at the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. Before joining that agency, he worked in Republican politics and advocacy, at the Massachusetts Republican Party...

Appointee Watch: Senators Grill Defense Pick, Confirm FEMA Director

June 21, 2017 While in recent weeks, several nominees to key positions in the Trump administration had relatively quiet confirmation processes, the same could not be said for the White House’s pick for deputy Defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan. The Washington Post reported that on Tuesday, Shanahan faced stark criticism from members of the...