Ian Smith

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce. Ian also has a background in web development and does the technical work for the FedSmith.com web site and its sibling sites.

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OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Jumps 73% in January

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 5, 2016 Comments

January is always a popular time for federal employees to retire, and last month was no exception. The Office of Personnel Management saw its backlog of retirement claims jump 73% thanks to an influx of new applications.

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Should Federal Buildings Be Required to Provide Lactation Spaces for Visiting Nursing Mothers?

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 4, 2016 Comments

Should federally owned or leased buildings be required to provide private lactation spaces for female visitors? One lawmaker thinks they should.

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Legislation Would Privatize 30,000 Federal Jobs

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 3, 2016 Comments

Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is introducing legislation that would remove 30,000 federal employees from the government’s payroll while simultaneously turning much of the nation’s air traffic control system over to an independently operated, non-profit corporation.

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Legislation Introduced to Bolster Rights of Federal Employees Serving in Sensitive Positions

Filed in News by on February 2, 2016 Comments

Two Members of Congress have introduced legislation that is intended to protect certain due process rights of federal employees serving in security sensitive positions.

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House Passes Bill to Restructure Pensions and Allowances Paid to Former Presidents

Filed in News by on January 14, 2016 Comments

The House passed legislation this week that would restructure the annual pensions and personal allowances paid to former presidents.

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House Panel Advances Bill Making It Easier to Fire SES Employees

Filed in News by on January 13, 2016 Comments

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee advanced a bill this week that would streamline the process for removing members of the Senior Executive Service for misconduct.

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Senators Demand IRS Stop Rehiring Fired Federal Employees

Filed in News by on January 13, 2016 Comments

A group of Republican Senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring federal employees who were fired for poor conduct and performance.

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Calm Before the Storm? OPM Makes Gains on Retirement Backlog to Close Out 2015

Filed in News by on January 5, 2016 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management was able to reduce the backlog of federal employees’ retirement claims to close out 2015. This is a good thing too since retirement applications usually surge in January. Here is a glimpse of what OPM’s retirement inventory might look like at this time next month.

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