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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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Trump's Hiring Freeze Slowed Federal Retirement Processing

August 8, 2017 Officials at the Office of Personnel Management attributed a slowdown in the processing of federal employees’ retirement claims to the hiring freeze that ran from January until March. Last month, OPM saw an uptick in the number of retirement claims—10,070, up from 6,141 in June. And although previous years have...

Feds Charge Brokers In TSP Fraud Scheme

August 4, 2017 The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is filing fraud charges against four Atlanta-area brokers in connection with allegations they scammed federal employees into rolling their Thrift Savings Plan funds into higher-fee investment products. According to the civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court for northern Georgia, Keystone Capital...

GI Bill Expansion Heads to President’s Desk

August 3, 2017 Senators voted unanimously Wednesday to send the largest expansion of GI Bill educational benefits in nearly a decade to President Trump’s desk for enactment. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R.3218), known as the Forever GI Bill, eliminates the rule that veterans have a benefits deadline of 15...

Trump Threatens To Ax Some Feds' Health Care Subsidies, OPM Rolls Out SES Plan, and More

August 2, 2017 As President Trump threatens to end cost-sharing subsidies for people purchasing insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, he has frequently described the payments as “bailouts” for the insurance industry and Congress. “If ObamaCare is hurting people, [and] it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies [and] why should...

Trump’s Nominee To Lead Federal Personnel Office Withdraws from Consideration

August 1, 2017 President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday withdrew his name from consideration for the post, a source confirmed. In a letter to Trump obtained by Government Executive, OPM Director nominee George Nesterczuk thanked the president for his consideration, but said he would no longer pursue...

All TSP Funds in the Black in July

August 1, 2017 Every fund in the federal employee 401(k)-style retirement program gained ground in July, adding to what has already been a productive 2017 for investors. The Thrift Savings Plan’s portfolio of international stocks, which lost money in June, saw the most improvement last month with a 2.88 percent increase, making for...

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...