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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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Dueling CFPB Chiefs Face Dueling Allegations

November 29, 2017 Less than 24 hours after a federal judge denied a request to prevent Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney from taking the reins at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, both he and his rival acting director are facing allegations of impropriety. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the...

TSP Participants Are Leaving Money on the Table, Fund Changes, and More

November 29, 2017 Officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan said Tuesday that some employees are actually investing too much of their paychecks, and as a result they’re leaving money on the table. Geoffrey Nieboer, the Thrift Savings Plan’s chief of business intelligence, told members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment...

Federal Employees Unlikely to Receive Extra Time Off Around Christmas

November 29, 2017 President Trump may have put renewed emphasis on the phrase “Merry Christmas,” but that is unlikely to translate to additional time off for feds this holiday season. This year, Christmas Day falls on a Monday, which federal workers will receive as a holiday. In years where Christmas falls on a...

TSP Officials to Continue Studying a Potential Change in How Lifecycle Funds Are Invested

November 28, 2017 Members of the board that governs the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were supportive Tuesday of a proposal to change how lifecycle (L) funds wind down their investment in stocks and equities as participants age, but ordered further study of the issue. Currently, participants in the Thrift Savings Plan’s...

Congress Returns With Less Than Two Weeks to Avoid a Shutdown

November 27, 2017 Congress has returned from recess to face a crowded legislative calendar, with little time to sort out how to keep the lights on at federal agencies next month. Lawmakers must pass a spending deal by Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,...

Federal Unions Support Request for Supreme Court Review of Denied MSPB Case Appeals

November 22, 2017 Officials with the National Treasury Employees Union announced Tuesday that they have filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of three federal employees asking the Supreme Court to review their appeals of Merit Systems Protection Board cases. In each of the three cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

No Timeline Yet for Loosening of TSP Withdrawal Rules Under New Law

November 22, 2017 President Trump signed a bill last week that would loosen the withdrawal rules for enrollees in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program, but feds will have to wait a little while longer before they see greater flexibility. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R. 3031) will make it easier for federal...

Senate Panel Drops TSP Catch-Up Contribution Restrictions, A Blow to Pay Parity, and More

November 21, 2017 Less than a week after floating the idea that older employees should no longer be able to make extra contributions to their retirement accounts before taxes, that proposal appears to be off the table, for now. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, had filed an amendment to the chamber’s...

Senate Appropriations Bill Leaves Pay Raise to Trump

November 20, 2017 The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday released a $20.8 billion financial services and general government appropriations bill, which will leave a 2018 pay raise for civilian federal employees up to President Trump. Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., included boilerplate language in the bill that would allow the White...

Senate Sends Defense Authorization Bill, Military Pay Raise to Trump’s Desk

November 16, 2017 The Senate approved a nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2018 by voice vote Thursday, paving the way for members of the military to receive an across-the-board 2.4 percent pay raise next year. The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was approved in the House by a 356-70...