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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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TSP Grows Across All Funds in April

May 1, 2017 The funds in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan all saw modest gains in April, bouncing back from a relatively stagnant March. International stocks in the Thrift Savings Plan’s I Fund continued their upward trajectory, boasting the highest gains in April, at 2.62 percent. They have increased 10.16 percent...

Officials Debate Implications of CBO Pay Report

April 26, 2017 Tuesday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office comparing the compensation of federal employees with their counterparts in the private sector is provoking mixed reactions from lawmakers and union officials. The study concluded that while federal employees with bachelor’s degrees and less earned significantly more in total compensation than their counterparts...

Overall Public-Private Sector Compensation Gap Has Widened, CBO Finds

April 25, 2017 A report from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday said the compensation gap between workers in the federal government and those in the private sector has widened since it last studied the issue in 2012. But analysts warned that the different demographic and educational make-up of each sector make any...

Appointee Watch: Several Steps Forward, One Step Back

April 25, 2017 As President Trump continues to roll out nominations to key administration posts, he received a setback in the form of an appointee’s withdrawal. Todd Ricketts, who was chosen last November to serve as deputy secretary in the Commerce Department, removed himself from consideration due to difficulty disentangling himself from his...

TSP Director Resigns After a Decade on the Job

April 24, 2017 This story has been updated. Thrift Savings Plan Executive Director Greg Long said Monday he is stepping down from the position, in part to focus on finishing his MBA. He announced his resignation at the TSP governing board’s monthly meeting—his last after a decade-long tenure. Long was first appointed to...

Democratic Congressman Wants to Move More Agencies Out of D.C., Too

April 21, 2017 Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s days in Washington may be numbered, but another lawmaker already has taken up his idea to move more federal agencies out of the nation’s capital. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on Thursday introduced the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act (H.R. 2112), which would establish a commission...

Lawmakers Propose Restoring Defense Per Diem Rates

April 20, 2017 A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced bills in both chambers of Congress last week that would restore per diem rates for Defense Department military and civilian employees on extended government travel. The issue has been a sore spot for Defense personnel and members of Congress since the Pentagon first implemented...

A Guide to Your Pay and Benefits During a Government Shutdown, and More

April 19, 2017 When lawmakers return to Washington next week, they will have only a few days to approve a spending measure in order to avert a government shutdown beginning April 29. It remains unclear whether Congress and the White House can come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the...

Appointee Watch: Trump Names Officials to Ex-Im Bank, State Dept. and More

April 18, 2017 President Trump made more progress in recent days toward filling the federal government’s long list of political appointments, naming his picks for two vacancies at the embattled Export-Import Bank as well as for positions at a smattering of other agencies. Trump chose former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to serve as...

Advocacy Groups Warn Against ‘Illegal’ Hiring Practices at Justice

April 14, 2017 A collection of 23 progressive and public interest advocacy organizations and former White House ethics officer Norman Eisen penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week urging him not to let political considerations influence hiring decisions at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The group stressed that federal...