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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: Pace of Names Slows During Recess

August 10, 2017 A week after the Senate voted to confirm an array of President Trump’s nominees to key administration posts, Congress is now in recess and the president is on a working vacation in New Jersey. But the process of identifying candidates for government positions has not stopped. On Thursday, Trump announced...

VA Secretary Vows to Re-Fire Former D.C. Health Center Chief

August 9, 2017 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday blasted a decision by Merit Systems Protection Board Vice Chairman Mark Robbins to issue a stay in the firing of the former director of the VA medical facility in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins was relieved of his duties at the D.C. medical center...

OPM Announces Special Rate Review, Open Season Dates and More

August 9, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that it would conduct its annual review of special rates for certain jobs on the General Schedule pay scale. The agency authorizes higher rates of pay for specific jobs, grades and locations in order to aid the government’s ability to recruit and retain...

Trump's Hiring Freeze Slowed Federal Retirement Processing

August 8, 2017 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management attributed a slowdown in the processing of federal employees’ retirement claims to the hiring freeze that ran from January until March. Last month, OPM saw an uptick in the number of retirement claims—10,070, up from 6,141 in June. And although previous years have...

Feds Charge Brokers In TSP Fraud Scheme

August 4, 2017 The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is filing fraud charges against four Atlanta-area brokers in connection with allegations they scammed federal employees into rolling their Thrift Savings Plan funds into higher-fee investment products. According to the civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court for northern Georgia, Keystone Capital...

GI Bill Expansion Heads to President’s Desk

August 3, 2017 Senators voted unanimously Wednesday to send the largest expansion of GI Bill educational benefits in nearly a decade to President Trump’s desk for enactment. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R.3218), known as the Forever GI Bill, eliminates the rule that veterans have a benefits deadline of 15...

Trump Threatens To Ax Some Feds' Health Care Subsidies, OPM Rolls Out SES Plan, and More

August 2, 2017 As President Trump threatens to end cost-sharing subsidies for people purchasing insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, he has frequently described the payments as “bailouts” for the insurance industry and Congress. “If ObamaCare is hurting people, [and] it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies [and] why should...

Trump’s Nominee To Lead Federal Personnel Office Withdraws from Consideration

August 1, 2017 President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday withdrew his name from consideration for the post, a source confirmed. In a letter to Trump obtained by Government Executive, OPM Director nominee George Nesterczuk thanked the president for his consideration, but said he would no longer pursue...

All TSP Funds in the Black in July

August 1, 2017 Every fund in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement program gained ground in July, adding to what has already been a productive 2017 for investors. The Thrift Savings Plan’s portfolio of international stocks, which lost money in June, saw the most improvement last month with a 2.88 percent increase, making for...

TSP Insider Appointed as the Retirement Plan's New Executive Director

August 1, 2017 The board that oversees federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement program announced Tuesday that it has appointed Ravindra Deo to serve as executive director of the Thrift Savings Plan. Deo has been the TSP’s acting executive director since May, after Greg Long resigned from the post. Long spent a decade at the...