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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 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...

Appointee Watch: Musical Chairs in the Cabinet

July 31, 2017 The search for a new Homeland Security secretary is on, after President Trump tapped John Kelly to replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff. In the meantime, Elaine Duke, a career federal employee who in April was confirmed by the Senate to become deputy Homeland Security secretary, will...

Senate Democrats Join Din of Retirement Cut Opposition

July 28, 2017 A group of 18 Democratic senators Wednesday became the latest to send a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to reject President Trump’s proposals to cut federal employee retirement programs in the fiscal 2018 budget. Led by Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim...

Ten Republicans Urge Oversight Committee Chair Not to Cut Retirement Benefits for Feds

July 27, 2017 A group of 10 House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., urging him not to make any changes to federal employee retirement programs. Last week, the House Budget Committee passed a fiscal 2018 budget resolution instructing Gowdy's oversight committee to...

More Than a Dozen Unions Announce Opposition to OPM Nominee

July 27, 2017 A group of 16 unions representing federal employees wrote a letter to the leaders of a Senate panel urging them to reject the nomination of George Nesterczuk to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. President Trump nominated Nesterczuk to lead the agency in May. Nesterczuk served in the...

Lawmakers Advance Bills Regarding Official Time, TSP, VA Bonuses

July 26, 2017 A Senate panel advanced legislation Wednesday requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress on the use of official time by federal employees. The bill (H.R.1293), approved by the House in May, requires OPM to detail the total amount of official time granted to employees,...

GAO Finds Phased Retirement Can Benefit Employees, Management

July 25, 2017 This story has been updated with new figures on phased retirement enrollment from the Office of Personnel Management. Although the number of federal workers enrolled in the government’s phased retirement program remains minuscule, analysts say it could be a valuable tool for agencies to preserve institutional knowledge and plan for...

GSA Secures Discounted Airfares for Federal Travelers

July 24, 2017 The General Services Administration announced Monday that it has awarded the fiscal 2018 contracts for federal travelers to fly at discounted rates, and it expects to save $2.44 billion in the process. The agency’s City Pair Program awarded contracts to eight major U.S. carriers. Airfare prices for official federal travel...

Appointee Watch: A New Army Secretary, Press Office Turmoil and Another Round of Ambassadors

July 24, 2017 More than two months after President Trump’s second choice to lead the U.S. Army withdrew from consideration for the post, the White House has announced its new pick for the job. Mark Esper, a combined 21-year veteran of the Army and National Guard, was announced as the nominee for Army...

Appointee Watch: Key Posts at Agriculture, Energy and Justice

July 14, 2017 The Trump administration announced a number of key jobs at agencies this week, all while blasting Democrats for perceived intransigence in confirming appointees. The White House sent out a scathing press release Monday arguing that Senate Democrats have dragged their heels throughout the confirmation process. But Democrats and neutral observers...