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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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Lawmakers Ask Trump to Give Civilian Feds the Same 2018 Pay Raise as the Military

December 5, 2017 A bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers is calling on President Trump to grant civilian federal employees a bigger pay raise in 2018, equal to what the military receives. Trump must finalize his August plan to increase the pay of federal civilian employees by the end of the year. Feds...

Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline Faces Uncertain Prospects

December 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House appropriators on Saturday introduced a measure that would delay the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks, but as of early Monday afternoon, it was unclear whether Democrats would support the short-term funding extension. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., filed a continuing resolution that would...

Deal to Push Back Shutdown Deadline Faces Uncertain Prospects

December 4, 2017 House appropriators on Saturday introduced a measure that would delay the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks, but as of early Monday afternoon, it was unclear whether Democrats would support the short-term funding extension. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., filed a continuing resolution that would...

Appointee Watch: A Cabinet-Level Shuffle Could Be Looming

December 1, 2017 President Trump still has plenty of work to do to staff the upper echelons of the federal bureaucracy, but for now he seems focused on rearranging who’s in charge of several key agencies. The New York Times reported Thursday that the White House has devised a plan to push Secretary...

Most TSP Funds Gained Ground in November

December 1, 2017 Most of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program continued to gain in value in November, putting employees and retirees in position for a strong end of 2017. The common stocks of the C Fund led the pack for the Thrift Savings Plan last month, growing by...

House Narrowly Passes Bill to Extend Feds’ Probationary Period

November 30, 2017 The House voted 213-204 Thursday to approve a plan to make new federal employees work in their positions longer before they are entitled to civil service protections. The 2017 Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act (H.R. 4182), introduced by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., would increase the probationary period for new...

Dueling CFPB Chiefs Face Dueling Allegations

November 29, 2017 Less than 24 hours after a federal judge denied a request to prevent Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney from taking the reins at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, both he and his rival acting director are facing allegations of impropriety. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the...

TSP Participants Are Leaving Money on the Table, Fund Changes, and More

November 29, 2017 Officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan said Tuesday that some employees are actually investing too much of their paychecks, and as a result they’re leaving money on the table. Geoffrey Nieboer, the Thrift Savings Plan’s chief of business intelligence, told members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment...

Federal Employees Unlikely to Receive Extra Time Off Around Christmas

November 29, 2017 President Trump may have put renewed emphasis on the phrase “Merry Christmas,” but that is unlikely to translate to additional time off for feds this holiday season. This year, Christmas Day falls on a Monday, which federal workers will receive as a holiday. In years where Christmas falls on a...

TSP Officials to Continue Studying a Potential Change in How Lifecycle Funds Are Invested

November 28, 2017 Members of the board that governs the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were supportive Tuesday of a proposal to change how lifecycle (L) funds wind down their investment in stocks and equities as participants age, but ordered further study of the issue. Currently, participants in the Thrift Savings Plan’s...