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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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4,000 Feds Soon May Need a New Health Insurance Plan

February 27, 2018 Thousands of federal employees in California could find themselves shopping for health insurance in the coming months, as the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general deemed an insurer in the state to be in breach of its contract with the federal government under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. According...

TSP Gets Lowest Possible Score on Information Security Audit

February 26, 2018 The agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program received the lowest of five possible scores on a recent audit to determine its compliance with federal information security standards. Auditors with the consulting firm Williams Adley examined the information security program of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which...

TSP Announces New Investment Chief

February 23, 2018 The agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program announced Friday that it has appointed an insider to be its new chief investment officer. Sean McCaffrey has served as the Thrift Savings Plan’s deputy chief investment officer for nearly three years. He will succeed Ravindra Deo, who was...

81 Percent of Career Senior Executives Received Bonuses in Fiscal 2016

February 22, 2018 The number of career members of the Senior Executive Service who received bonuses grew by more than 10 percent in fiscal 2016, and average individual awards increased by more than $3,000 compared to the previous year, according to a recent report from the Office of Personnel Management. The annual document,...

A TSP Call Center Spike, Shutdown Back Pay and More

February 21, 2018 Last week, the Office of Personnel Management confirmed in a memo that any federal employee who was furloughed as the result of the hours-long government shutdown earlier this month will receive back pay. Although Congress early on Feb. 9 approved a bill to fund the government until March 23 and...

OPM Confirms Back Pay for Feds Affected by Latest Shutdown

February 20, 2018 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday that all federal employees furloughed as a result of the hours-long shutdown earlier this month will receive back pay for time lost. In a memo released Friday, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan told agencies that the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, approved...

Appointee Watch: IRS Commissioner Announced as Management Officials Move Forward

February 16, 2018 President Trump has made progress in recent weeks on several positions that will be key to implementing elements of his agenda in 2018. Last week, Trump announced that he would nominate Charles Rettig to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Rettig is a private tax attorney with extensive experience...

White House Budget Plan Praises the TSP, Then Cuts It

February 16, 2018 Although President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request touts the popularity and success of the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program, policies in the fiscal roadmap would significantly reduce the Thrift Savings Plan's effectiveness. Among other proposals to change federal employee pay and benefits, the White House plans to study whether...

Workforce Plan Stresses Pay for Performance, OPM Nominee Advances, and More

February 14, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management joined President Trump’s call for pay-for-performance in the federal civil service when it released its five-year strategic plan last week. The quadrennial Federal Workforce Priorities Report listed a number of priorities for agencies in the realm of workforce management, particularly succession planning, improved technology, and...

Why Trump’s Performance Pay Fund Won’t Happen in 2019

February 14, 2018 The release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal confirmed a rumored civilian federal employee pay freeze, but the accompanying effort to institute pay-for-performance through a $1 billion interagency fund to reward high performers came as a surprise for some observers. Not much is known about the new fund or...