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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 to Trade Speed for Security, IRS Announces Max Contribution Increase, and More

October 25, 2017 Officials with the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan announced Monday that the Thrift Savings Plan participants soon may see some services and requests take longer to process as the agency explores new security measures. The new initiative comes in the wake of news in September that Equifax allowed the...

Appointee Watch: OPM Nominees Receive a Hearing, Drug Czar Pick Withdraws

October 24, 2017 President Trump suffered another setback in his effort to fill key administration posts last week, as Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Marino came under fire this month following a report from The Washington Post...

TSP Officials to Reflect on Declining Employee Engagement Results

October 24, 2017 Officials at the agency responsible for administering the 401(k)-style retirement savings program for federal employees said they plan to talk with their workers to address a recent decline in scores on a survey of federal employees about their job satisfaction. The Office of Personnel Management this month released the results...

Survey: Thrift Savings Plan Participants Still Want Greater Flexibility

October 23, 2017 Officials with the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program said a new poll shows that 89 percent of participants are happy with the Thrift Savings Plan, although they still largely want greater flexibility in handling their investments. At a meeting of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Monday, project manager...

Leaked Compensation Proposals Could Have ‘Huge’ Repercussions for Civil Service

October 20, 2017 Advocates for federal employees and government observers said that if pursued, the proposals outlined in a leaked White House policy council budget wish list could have a sizable impact on the government’s ability to attract the next generation of workers. On Thursday, the liberal news site Crooked Media posted an...

Report: White House Officials Backed 2019 Pay Freeze, $300 Billion in Cuts to Employee Compensation

October 19, 2017 White House officials reportedly recommended that President Trump order a pay freeze for federal workers in 2019 and seek to eliminate the Federal Employees Retirement System defined benefit program for all new government hires, according to a leaked memo. According to Crooked Media, the memo was sent from officials with...

Senate Approves Budget Plan, Setting Up Fight Over Fed Benefit Cuts

October 19, 2017 The Senate voted 51-49 Thursday night to approve its fiscal 2018 budget resolution, following a lengthy session of debate on proposed amendments. The legislation (H. Con. Res. 71) as approved by the Senate Budget Committee, sets the stage for Republican efforts to reform the federal tax code, and it orders...

Senator Threatens to Hold Up OPM Nominee Over Obamacare Rule Spat

October 18, 2017 The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee threatened Wednesday to halt the confirmation of nominees to key positions at the Office of Personnel Management until he is confident the agency will comply with long-running requests for documents related to the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. The committee...

Lawmakers Urge Reversal of Defense Per Diem Cuts, Senate Debates Budget Resolution and More

October 18, 2017 A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is urging congressional leaders to reverse a 2014 policy reducing the per diem rates for service members and civilian Defense employees who are on extended government travel. Implemented by the Pentagon in 2014 in an effort to cut costs, the rule has long been...

Lawmaker Seeks Locality Pay Parity Between Blue and White Collar Feds

October 16, 2017 Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced a bill last week that would seek parity between how salaried and hourly federal employees are paid depending on where they live. The Locality Pay Equity Act (H.R. 4039) would direct the Office of Personnel Management to adopt a unified map for determining locality pay...