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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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Ousted Local Officials Accuse Largest Federal Employee Union of ‘Sloppy Coup’

October 12, 2017 For the second time in three months, officials at the largest federal employee union are embroiled in a contentious internal dispute over resources and authority. National leaders at the American Federation of Government Employees last week ousted officials at the local covering Labor Department headquarters over spending on a recent...

House Approves TSP Modernization Bill

October 11, 2017 The House by voice vote approved a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for participants in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program to manage their investments. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R.3031), introduced by Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would allow federal employees and retirees to make...

A Small Dent in the Retirement Backlog, Tips for Feds to Prevent Opioid Abuse, and More

October 11, 2017 After months of struggling to cope with the number of federal employees filing retirement requests, the Office of Personnel Management made modest progress in reducing the backlog in September. OPM reported last week that it had received 8,810 new retirement claims for the month, and it processed 9,107 requests. That...

House Proposal for Federal Employee Health Program Could Decimate Workers’ Benefits

October 6, 2017 A proposal to change how the government calculates its contributions to premiums in the federal government’s insurance program could make health care all but unaffordable for workers and retirees, employee groups said. The report on the House budget resolution, approved Thursday by a 219-206 vote, includes a provision that advocates...

TSP: House Proposal Would Make G-Fund 'Virtually Worthless'

October 5, 2017 Officials with the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal employees said a proposal floated in the House’s fiscal 2018 budget resolution could effectively cripple one of its major investment portfolios. The legislation, approved Thursday, suggests reducing the statutorily mandated interest rate of the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund, which is...

House Approves Budget Plan that Would Cut Federal Employee Benefits

October 5, 2017 House lawmakers voted 219-206 Thursday to approve a resolution outlining the body’s fiscal 2018 budget priorities, which include a number of controversial cuts to federal employees’ retirement and benefits programs. The House’s budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) asks 11 committees to come up with a total of $1.5 trillion...

More Help for Feds Affected by Hurricanes and More Flexibility for Those Who Want to Volunteer

October 4, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management has continued its work to help federal employees affected by the string of severe storms to hit the United States and to offer avenues for workers to contribute to the various recovery efforts. Officials announced last week that they have granted a grace period for...

Feds Will Pay 6.1 Percent More Toward Health Insurance Premiums in 2018

October 4, 2017 Federal employees and retirees can expect to contribute an average of 6.1 percent more toward their health care premiums next year, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program with coverage only for themselves will on average pay $5.57 more per bi-weekly pay...

Appointee Watch: Another Cabinet-Level Job Opens Up

October 3, 2017 Although President Trump has made a number of appointments to key positions in the federal government in recent weeks, he encountered another setback last week. On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned in the wake of a scandal over his use of private jets, which cost taxpayers...

Employee Groups Decry Trump's Decision to Abolish Labor-Management Council

October 2, 2017 Officials with groups representing federal employees and managers all criticized the decision by President Trump to disband labor-management forums at federal agencies created during the Obama administration. In an order issued Friday, Trump rescinded Executive Order 13522, which established the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations and paved the way...