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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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USDA to Block Social Media Following IG Report Showing an Uptick in Porn Watching

March 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials at the Agriculture Department announced last month that the agency’s computer network is blocking more than 400 websites, including social media companies Facebook and WhatsApp, in an attempt to stop employees and contractors from viewing pornography on agency time. According to a Feb. 23 memo obtained by Federal News...

USDA to Block Social Media Following IG Report Showing an Uptick in Porn Watching

March 5, 2018 Officials at the Agriculture Department announced last month that the agency’s computer network is blocking more than 400 websites, including social media companies Facebook and WhatsApp, in an attempt to stop employees and contractors from viewing pornography on agency time. According to a Feb. 23 memo obtained by Federal News...

The Things Agency Leaders Have Given Up to Get on the Right Side of Ethics Rules

March 2, 2018 Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai made headlines when the National Rifle Association named him the recipient of the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award at the Conservative Political Action Conference and announced they would bestow on him a handmade long gun. But on Thursday, Pai wrote to...

TSP Funds End Nearly Year-Long Run of Growth

March 1, 2018 After months of sustained gains, the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program lost ground in February, following a month of volatility in the stock market. Only the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities (G) fund grew in February, by 0.21 percent. So far this year it has increased 0.41 percent. The...

Air Traffic Control Privatization Architect Abandons Effort

February 28, 2018 The leading House proponent of a stalled effort to move the nation’s air traffic controllers from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private nonprofit entity announced Tuesday that the proposal is effectively dead. Last year, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., introduced the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R....

A TSP Call Center Crunch, and Blended Retirement Hits a Milestone

February 28, 2018 When the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program underwent an effort to significantly upgrade the capacity of its customer-service phone line, officials expected wait times to improve. Instead, they grew by nearly two minutes last month. Last year, the Thrift Savings Plan completed a massive upgrade to the hardware, software...

4,000 Feds Soon May Need a New Health Insurance Plan

February 27, 2018 Thousands of federal employees in California could find themselves shopping for health insurance in the coming months, as the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general deemed an insurer in the state to be in breach of its contract with the federal government under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. According...

TSP Gets Lowest Possible Score on Information Security Audit

February 26, 2018 The agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program received the lowest of five possible scores on a recent audit to determine its compliance with federal information security standards. Auditors with the consulting firm Williams Adley examined the information security program of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which...

TSP Announces New Investment Chief

February 23, 2018 The agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program announced Friday that it has appointed an insider to be its new chief investment officer. Sean McCaffrey has served as the Thrift Savings Plan’s deputy chief investment officer for nearly three years. He will succeed Ravindra Deo, who was...

81 Percent of Career Senior Executives Received Bonuses in Fiscal 2016

February 22, 2018 The number of career members of the Senior Executive Service who received bonuses grew by more than 10 percent in fiscal 2016, and average individual awards increased by more than $3,000 compared to the previous year, according to a recent report from the Office of Personnel Management. The annual document,...