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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NASA Announces Discovery of New Solar System Possibly Capable of Supporting Life

By on February 23, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

NASA has announced the discovery of a new solar system of planets that appear to be capable of supporting life as we know it here on Earth.

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Trump Administration to Revoke Federal Transgender Bathroom Guidance for Public Schools

By on February 22, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Trump Administration to Revoke Federal Transgender Bathroom Guidance for Public Schools

The Trump administration has revoked guidelines issued by federal agencies under the Obama administration which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use their preferred restroom facilities.

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Legislation Would Provide Enhanced Retirement Benefits for Nearly 30k Law Enforcement Officers

By on February 22, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Provide Enhanced Retirement Benefits for Nearly 30k Law Enforcement Officers

Recently introduced legislation would provide enhanced retirement benefits for certain federal law enforcement officers.

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Which HHS Positions Are Exempt From the Hiring Freeze?

By on February 22, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

A memo from the Department of Health and Human Services provides guidance on which occupations at the agency are exempt from the hiring freeze.

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Legislation Would Extend Appeal Rights to Some Postal Employees

By on February 21, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Extend Appeal Rights to Some Postal Employees

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to extend MSPB appeal rights to approximately 7,500 Postal Service employees.

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Legislation Would Abolish the IRS

By on February 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Abolish the IRS

In the midst of an increasing number of proposals to eliminate or cut various federal agencies, one bill that has perhaps gone largely unnoticed would do away with the IRS.

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House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

By on February 17, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Does the use of official time at the VA improve veterans’ care, and how much official time is actually used by employees? A recent House Committee hearing sought to find answers to these questions.

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Legislation Aims to Stop Political ‘Burrowing’

By on February 17, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Aims to Stop Political ‘Burrowing’

A recently introduced House bill aims to end the practice of “burrowing” by political appointees into senior-level civil service positions.

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Want to Take on the Trump Administration? These Congressmen Have Released a Guide to Help You

By on February 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Want to Take on the Trump Administration? These Congressmen Have Released a Guide to Help You

Two Congressmen have released a guide for federal employees which they say helps to foster a “safe and responsible disclosure of information” to fight back against a “communications blackout” they say has been employed by the Trump administration.

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Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

By on February 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

Legislation has been introduced in the House which would exempt veterans from the federal hiring freeze.

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