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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SSA Employees Owe $21.8 Million in Delinquent Taxes

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 3, 2015 Comments

A recent report from the Inspector General at the Social Security Administration shows that a small percentage of employees at the agency collectively owed $21.8 million in delinquent taxes as of FY 2013.

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Legislation Introduced to Enhance Government Cybersecurity

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 2, 2015 Comments

In response to the recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management that left the personal data of millions of current and former federal workers vulnerable, one lawmaker has introduced legislation which he says will combat future attacks. However, the bill does not provide a great deal of specifics on how this would be accomplished.

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Legislation Would Allow the Postal Service to Start Shipping Alcoholic Beverages

Filed in News by on July 30, 2015 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would, among other things, allow the Postal Service to start shipping beer, wine, and liquor and also claims that it would modernize the agency to set it on a path to financial solvency.

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Dollar Bill

Filed in News by on July 29, 2015 Comments

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) have introduced legislation to phase out the $1 bill with a $1 coin.

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FRTIB Director Gives His Blessing for Adding Mutual Fund Option to the TSP

Filed in News by on July 27, 2015 Comments

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the group that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan, has given the green light to begin the process of adding mutual funds as an investment option to the TSP.

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Legislation Introduced to Provide Free Lifetime ID Protection for Hack Victims

Filed in News by on July 9, 2015 Comments

Legislation is being introduced in Congress to provide free lifetime identity theft protection coverage to federal employees and retirees whose personal data was compromised in the recent Office of Personnel Management data breaches.

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What Do You Need to Know About the OPM Data Breaches?

Filed in News by on July 9, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management just released more information on the data breaches that hit its computer systems, and the number of victims is now up to over 25 million. If you’re feeling confused about what is going on, you’re not alone. Here are some of the key points based on the latest available information that federal workers should be aware of.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Remains Mostly Flat in June

Filed in News by on July 6, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has released the latest monthly figures on its retirement claims processing status. The latest data show that the backlog of outstanding clams was reduced only slightly in June.

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