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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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Thrift Savings Plan Board Approves Five-Year Lifecycle Fund Increments

May 31, 2017 The panel that oversees the retirement savings plan for federal employees on Wednesday unanimously approved offering lifecycle funds targeted to within five years of participants’ expected retirement date rather than the current 10-year increments. A report on the TSP’s investment options by consultants at Aon Hewitt recommended following a trend...

D.C.-Area Lawmakers Vow to Fight Proposed Federal Retirement Benefit Cuts

May 30, 2017 Members of Congress representing districts near the nation's capital are gearing up for a fight with the Trump administration over the proposals to reduce federal employee retirement benefits in the president’s fiscal 2018 budget plan. Released last week, the budget proposed an increase in employee contributions to the Federal Employees...

Weather Service Staff Shortages Have Led to Burnout Among Employees

May 26, 2017 Officials at the Government Accountability Office reported this week that an extensive hiring backlog at the National Weather Service has led to burnout among meteorologists at the agency, who are frequently shifting schedules and working overtime. NWS plays a vital role in tracking weather across the country, frequently sending out...

Appointee Watch: Nominees for Personnel Management, Overseas Posts and More

May 25, 2017 Although the Trump administration started slowly with its appointment of key agency positions and advisers, the nomination process has accelerated. Trump this week announced his pick for director of the Office of Personnel Management: George Nesterczuk, a veteran of the civil service reform movement and a polarizing figure among the...

Federal Managers Groups Largely Support Trump OPM Pick

May 25, 2017 The Trump administration’s nomination of George Nesterczuk to serve as director of the Office of Personnel Management is already making waves among groups that represent federal workers. While groups representing managers voiced varying levels of support for the announcement Wednesday, a union official was warier of the choice. Nesterczuk was...

Proposed Compensation Cuts, Guaranteed Uber Reimbursement and More

May 24, 2017 With the roll-out of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal this week, there is no shortage of news outlining its potential effect on federal workers. As expected, the proposal offers a 1.9 percent pay hike for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent raise for military service members. But those increases...

Trump Budget Includes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for Civilians, Retirement Cuts

May 23, 2017 The Trump administration on Tuesday formalized its proposals to grant civil servants a 1.9 percent pay raise next year and to cut federal employees’ retirement benefits. The proposals were part of President Trump’s detailed fiscal 2018 budget request. Military members would receive a 2.1 percent increase under the plan, which...

Trump Budget Includes 1.9 Percent Pay Raise for Civilians, Retirement Cuts

May 23, 2017 The Trump administration on Tuesday formalized its proposals to grant civil servants a 1.9 percent pay raise next year and to cut federal employees’ retirement benefits. The proposals were part of President Trump’s detailed fiscal 2018 budget request. Military members would receive a 2.1 percent increase under the plan, which...

Cuts to Feds' Retirement Benefits Among the Top Four 'Savers' in 2018 Budget

May 22, 2017 Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday described proposed cuts to federal employee retirement benefits as one of the top four measures to save money in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Mulvaney briefed reporters on the detailed version of the president’s budget plan ahead of its...

Watchdog Criticizes Process That Led to Cuts in Defense Long-Term Travel Per Diems

May 22, 2017 The committee tasked with forming the Defense Department’s travel policies did not properly vet controversial cut to per diems for long-term travel before implementing the change, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report. The policy, denounced by Defense personnel and members of Congress since it was implemented in...