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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: Trump, Senate Trade Barbs

June 6, 2017 President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to blame Democrats for the slow pace of appointment to key federal positions. “Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors,” Trump wrote. “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.” But reporting by Politico suggests the lack of people in top...

Trump Proposes Air Traffic Control Privatization

June 5, 2017 President Trump on Monday proposed shifting the nation’s air traffic control functions from the federal government to a private nonprofit organization, and held a signing ceremony for a list of principles to send to Congress. In many ways, the Trump administration’s plan resembles the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act,...

Proposed Retirement Benefit Cuts Could Hurt TSP Contribution Levels

June 2, 2017 Officials at the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal employees fear that President Trump’s proposal to increase employee contributions to the Federal Employees Retirement System will lead feds to reduce voluntary saving for retirement. If approved by Congress, Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget would require federal workers to contribute an additional...

Most TSP Funds Make Gains in May

June 1, 2017 Funds in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement savings plan had another broadly positive month in May, with only one of the plan’s funds losing ground. The Thrift Savings Plan I Fund, which is made up of international stocks, saw the greatest increase, growing by 3.76 percent last month, up 14.31...

Thrift Savings Plan Board Approves Five-Year Lifecycle Fund Increments

May 31, 2017 The panel that oversees the retirement savings plan for federal employees on Wednesday unanimously approved offering lifecycle funds targeted to within five years of participants’ expected retirement date rather than the current 10-year increments. A report on the TSP’s investment options by consultants at Aon Hewitt recommended following a trend...

D.C.-Area Lawmakers Vow to Fight Proposed Federal Retirement Benefit Cuts

May 30, 2017 Members of Congress representing districts near the nation's capital are gearing up for a fight with the Trump administration over the proposals to reduce federal employee retirement benefits in the president’s fiscal 2018 budget plan. Released last week, the budget proposed an increase in employee contributions to the Federal Employees...

Weather Service Staff Shortages Have Led to Burnout Among Employees

May 26, 2017 Officials at the Government Accountability Office reported this week that an extensive hiring backlog at the National Weather Service has led to burnout among meteorologists at the agency, who are frequently shifting schedules and working overtime. NWS plays a vital role in tracking weather across the country, frequently sending out...

Appointee Watch: Nominees for Personnel Management, Overseas Posts and More

May 25, 2017 Although the Trump administration started slowly with its appointment of key agency positions and advisers, the nomination process has accelerated. Trump this week announced his pick for director of the Office of Personnel Management: George Nesterczuk, a veteran of the civil service reform movement and a polarizing figure among the...

Federal Managers Groups Largely Support Trump OPM Pick

May 25, 2017 The Trump administration’s nomination of George Nesterczuk to serve as director of the Office of Personnel Management is already making waves among groups that represent federal workers. While groups representing managers voiced varying levels of support for the announcement Wednesday, a union official was warier of the choice. Nesterczuk was...

Proposed Compensation Cuts, Guaranteed Uber Reimbursement and More

May 24, 2017 With the roll-out of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal this week, there is no shortage of news outlining its potential effect on federal workers. As expected, the proposal offers a 1.9 percent pay hike for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent raise for military service members. But those increases...