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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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Treasury Suspends G Fund Investments, Retirement Programs Could Become More Generous, and More

March 6, 2019 Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin informed Congress this week that his department would cease its investment in two federal retirement programs as part of its extraordinary measures intended to delay running into the debt ceiling. On Saturday, the federal government hit its borrowing limit, and last week Mnuchin informed Congress that...

Trump Taps Former Labor Board Chairwoman to Lead OPM

March 5, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Monday announced that he would nominate former Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Dale Cabaniss to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. If confirmed, Cabaniss would provide stability to an agency in flux, slated to have much of its work shipped over to the General Services...

Most Stakeholders Say They're Optimistic About Trump’s New OPM Pick

March 5, 2019 In the 24 hours since the White House announced that President Trump would nominate former Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Dale Cabaniss to lead the Office of Personnel Management, the response from stakeholders and observers has been mixed, although few outright oppose the choice. Key management and good government groups...

Trump Taps Former Labor Board Chairwoman to Lead OPM

March 4, 2019 President Trump on Monday announced that he would nominate former Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Dale Cabaniss to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. If confirmed, Cabaniss would provide stability to an agency in flux, slated to have much of its work shipped over to the General Services...

FLRA Plan to Review Arbitration Standards Alarms Unions

March 4, 2019 The board tasked with resolving disputes between federal employee unions and agency management announced last week that it would review how it determines whether to award attorneys’ fees in some cases, renewing fears of politicization of the body. On Friday, the Federal Labor Relations Authority published in the Federal Register...

Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill to Boost Morale at Homeland Security

March 4, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman of a House committee overseeing the Homeland Security Department reintroduced a bill Thursday to boost the morale of employees at the department that has long lagged behind the rest of government in engagement. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sponsored the Department of Homeland Security Morale, Recognition, Learning and Engagement...

Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill to Boost Morale at Homeland Security

March 1, 2019 The chairman of a House committee overseeing the Homeland Security Department reintroduced a bill Thursday to boost the morale of employees at the department that has long lagged behind the rest of government in engagement. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sponsored the Department of Homeland Security Morale, Recognition, Learning and Engagement...

TSP Returns Mostly Positive in February

March 1, 2019 The vast majority of portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program grew in February, continuing a positive trend for 2019. The small- and mid-size businesses in the Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund led the way, increasing 4.98 percent last month. So far this year, the portfolio has grown...

The Longer-Term Effort to Compensate Feds for Shutdown-Related Damages

February 27, 2019 The federal government may have provided back pay to the more than 800,000 federal workers who either were furloughed or forced to work without pay during the 35-day partial government shutdown, but another effort to compensate employees impacted by the lapse in appropriations is ongoing, and could take years. A...

Despite Silence from Administration, Pay Raise Likely in March

February 27, 2019 Federal civilian employees can expect to see a 1.9 percent across-the-board pay increase reflected in their paychecks sometime next month, Government Executive has learned. Earlier this month, President Trump signed a spending package to keep the federal government open until Sept. 30. That measure included a provision authorizing a pay...