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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: Agriculture Nominee Withdraws, Fed Chair Nominated, and More

November 3, 2017 The White House has had something of a busy week when it comes to the process of filling the top ranks of the federal government. On Thursday, President Trump announced his much-awaited choice to succeed Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve: current board member Jerome Powell. The president...

House Panel Approves Bill Doubling Feds’ Probationary Period

November 2, 2017 A House committee voted Thursday to advance a bill that would increase the probationary period for most new federal employees, although Democrats argued the measure would degrade civil servants’ due process rights. Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-17 to send the Ensuring a Qualified Civil...

Leave Transfer for Wildfires, TSP Portfolios Grow, and More

November 1, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that it has established an emergency leave transfer program for federal employees that are victims of the recent wildfires in northern California. Similar to recently approved programs for feds impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida, OPM’s latest measure allows federal...

Drop in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Participation Raises Concerns

October 31, 2017 When the Office of Personnel Management announced the results of the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey on Oct. 12, officials lauded increases to benchmarks that gauge employee engagement and satisfaction, but some fear a drop in participation could mask eroding morale in government. Across government, there was a 3-point increase...

House Vote Takes Federal Retirement Cuts Off the Table For Now

October 26, 2017 The House voted 216-212 to approve the Senate version of the fiscal 2018 budget resolution Thursday, clearing the way for Republicans’ tax reform effort and ending, for the moment, one threat to federal employee and retiree benefits. House lawmakers initially approved a budget on Oct. 5 that included a mandate...

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...