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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Which Agencies Have the Happiest SES Employees?

Filed in News by on June 22, 2016 Comments

A new report ranks federal agencies by the level of job satisfaction expressed by employees in the Senior Executive Service.

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Legislation Introduced to Help Bolster VA Hiring Process

Filed in News by on June 21, 2016 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the House that is designed to improve the hiring process at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Becoming a Military Spouse: One Woman’s Story

Filed in News by on June 8, 2016 Comments

What is the learning and transition process to military benefits like for a new, non-military spouse? The author tells the story of his friend who recently married an active duty service member and what she learned in the process of changing over to the military’s benefits programs.

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Retirement Claims Inventory Remains Flat Over Last Month

Filed in News by on June 5, 2016 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management received roughly the same number of new retirement claims in May as it did in April, however, because fewer were processed, the backlog of outstanding claims remained relatively unchanged.

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New Law Strikes ‘Derogatory and Antiquated’ Terms from Federal Law Books

Filed in News by on June 2, 2016 Comments

A bill recently signed into law strikes words from federal law books such as “Negro,” “American Indian,” and “Oriental.” The term “illegal aliens” is still being debated in Congress.

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Legislation Introduced to Prosecute Federal Employees Who Commit Crimes While Working Overseas

Filed in News by on June 1, 2016 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would close a legal loophole to ensure federal employees and contractors are not immune from prosecution for crimes they commit while working abroad.

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Want a $10,000 Bonus? Bill That Would Reward Feds Advances in the Senate

Filed in News by on May 27, 2016 Comments

A bill that would pay bonuses to federal workers who identify unneeded or surplus funds in their agencies has taken another step towards becoming law.

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Bill Aims to Combat Identity Theft of Social Security Numbers

Filed in News by on May 27, 2016 Comments

Recently introduced legislation would require the Social Security Administration to remove Social Security numbers from mailed documents when they are deemed unnecessary.

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