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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FEGLI Open Season Starts in September – Are You Ready?

By on August 25, 2016 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 2 Comments

The upcoming FEGLI open season runs for the month of September. OPM has provided these resources to help you make the most of it.

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House Committee Asks John Hancock Financial for Details on FLTCIP Premium Increases

By on August 24, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 21 Comments
House Committee Asks John Hancock Financial for Details on FLTCIP Premium Increases

A House Committee has sent a letter to the president of John Hancock Financial Services asking for more information about the “significant FLTCIP premium increases and their effect on federal workers.”

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Two More Senators Join the Growing Outrage Over FLTCIP Premiums

By on August 23, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 50 Comments
Two More Senators Join the Growing Outrage Over FLTCIP Premiums

Two more lawmakers are calling for action to address the sharp increase announced for federal employees who participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.

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House Committee Subpoenas Three Tech Companies in Clinton Email Investigation

By on August 23, 2016 in Current Events with 53 Comments
House Committee Subpoenas Three Tech Companies in Clinton Email Investigation

A House Committee has issued subpoenas to three technology companies whose products were used in conjunction with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in search of additional information about the security standards used on the system.

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Resources to Help You Prepare for Benefits Open Season

By on August 23, 2016 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 6 Comments
Resources to Help You Prepare for Benefits Open Season

The Office of Personnel Management has released some documents to help federal workers prepare for the upcoming benefits open season this fall.

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FedSmith.com Has a New Look!

By on August 21, 2016 in Current Events with 26 Comments

You may have noticed the FedSmith.com website looks a little different. Here is a summary of the changes and new features to help improve your experience using the site.

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Transgender Federal Employees Can Now Use Their Preferred Restrooms in Federal Buildings

By on August 18, 2016 in Human Resources with 103 Comments
Transgender Federal Employees Can Now Use Their Preferred Restrooms in Federal Buildings

A memo published in the Federal Register gives transgender federal employees the right to use restrooms that correspond to their preferred gender identity.

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Watchdog: EPA Should Stop Paying Transit Subsidies to Former Employees

By on August 17, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 7 Comments
Watchdog: EPA Should Stop Paying Transit Subsidies to Former Employees

A new report from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General found that the agency was improperly paying transit subsidies to some of its former employees.

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The IRS and the Olympics

By on August 16, 2016 in Current Events with 118 Comments
The IRS and the Olympics

Team USA is competing in the Rio Olympics and bringing home their medals. But along with their victories comes something else: taxes owed to the IRS. Some in Congress are working to change that.

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House Republicans List Perjury Allegations Against Hillary Clinton

By on August 16, 2016 in Current Events with 60 Comments
House Republicans List Perjury Allegations Against Hillary Clinton

Two House Republicans recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips with information detailing perjury allegations against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that they hope will be used to launch a formal investigation.

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