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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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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...

An End to Fitness Perks for Some Feds, Another Scam Targeting Retirees and More

June 21, 2017 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management are warning federal workers and retirees about another scam targeting their annuities. Last week, OPM posted on its website that companies are “aggressively” targeting federal retirees with an offer of a cash payment in exchange for some or all of someone’s future annuities....

Military and Veterans Groups Advocate Benefit Parity Between Active Duty, Reserve Soldiers

June 20, 2017 Advocacy groups urged a Senate panel last week to move forward with legislation to provide benefits parity between active duty soldiers and reservists deployed for disasters or overseas mission support. Under Title 10, Section 12304b of the U.S. Code, reservists can be deployed overseas for a “preplanned mission in support...

Should the Costs of Federal Employee Pensions Be Calculated Differently?

June 19, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office said last week that changing how the agency scores the cost of federal employee pensions could provide lawmakers with better estimates when compared to other retirement policy options, but it also would rely on more uncertain economic projections. CBO Director Keith Hall submitted a written follow-up...