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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FedSmith.com Users Strongly Oppose Adding Mutual Funds to TSP

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

The majority of FedSmith.com users said in a recent survey that they are opposed to adding a mutual fund window to the Thrift Savings Plan.

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Federal Employees Petition the White House for a ‘Meaningful Pay Raise’

Filed in Headlines, News by on September 1, 2015 Comments

An online petition has been started which asks for a “meaningful pay raise” for federal employees.

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Who Should Be President in 2016?

Filed in Headlines, News by on September 1, 2015 Comments

Who should be the next president of the United States? Here is your chance to share your opinion.

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Traveling Feds Will Get an Increase in Their Per Diem Rates

Filed in News by on August 17, 2015 Comments

The General Services Administration has released the new per diem rates for FY 2016, giving federal employees who travel for work a modest increase over last year’s rates.

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Postal Service Reports $586 Million Net Loss for Spring Quarter

Filed in News by on August 10, 2015 Comments

The Postal Service reported a net loss of $586 million for the third quarter of FY 2015, an improvement over the same period last year.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Grows by 13% in July

Filed in News by on August 6, 2015 Comments

If you are a federal employee planning to retire soon and were hoping for a quick turn around on your retirement application, you may be in for some bad news: the outstanding backlog of retirement applications at the Office of Personnel Management grew by just over 13% in July.

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What Can Agency Leaders Do to Improve Your Work Experience?

Filed in News by on August 5, 2015 Comments

Federal employees consistently give low scores on feedback surveys in areas such as recruitment, training and recognition. What can agencies and managers do to improve federal employees’ overall work experience? A new report has some suggestions.

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SSA Employees Owe $21.8 Million in Delinquent Taxes

Filed in 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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