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 has worked in the web development field since 1998 and does the development and programming for the FedSmith.com web site and its sibling sites (FedsDataCenter.com and TSPDataCenter.com).

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Health Insurance Premiums Increasing in 2015

Filed in News by on October 7, 2014

Federal employees covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will see an overall average increase of 3.2% in their premiums next year.

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Little Change to Retirement Backlog in September

Filed in News by on October 6, 2014

The backlog of retirement applications at OPM stayed relatively flat in September.

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Lawsuit Alleges TSA Agents Unscrewed Urn, Spilled Mother’s Ashes In Man’s Suitcase

Filed in News by on October 5, 2014

A lawsuit filed by a man in Cleveland says that he packed his mother’s remains in his suitcase to fly to Puerto Rico to spread her ashes there according to her wishes but found a very unpleasant surprise when he arrived.

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Obama Signs Temporary Funding Bill

Filed in News by on September 19, 2014

President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday that was passed by Congress this week to keep the government funded through mid December and avert any potential shutdown.

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The Divide Between Washington and the American People

Filed in News by on September 18, 2014

A new study has found that unelected officials in Washington don’t have much in common with the rest of the country.

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SSDI: A Program Subject to Abuse

Filed in News by on September 14, 2014

A new report from the Office of Inspector General at the Social Security Administration shines the spotlight on the widespread abuse taking place within the Social Security Disability Insurance program and identifies the extent to which the Social Security Administration does or does not have the systems and tools in place to fight fraud and abuse.

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IRS Can Now Collect Back Taxes From Federal Employees’ TSP Accounts

Filed in News by on September 11, 2014

If you are a federal employee with outstanding tax debts, you may find that money from your TSP account is garnished to make good on those debts.

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Federal Employees Can Now Carry Over FSA Money

Filed in News by on September 7, 2014

A rule change recently announced by the Office of Personnel Management will allow federal workers to carry money on their flexible spending accounts into the next year.

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