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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Senators Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Dollar Bill

Filed in Headlines, 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 Headlines, 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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Should the District of Columbia Be a State?

Filed in News by on July 1, 2015 Comments

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) recently introduced legislation to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. Do you think this is a good idea, or is statehood for the District unnecessary?

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Senior Executives Are Happier Than the Employees They Supervise

Filed in News by on June 30, 2015 Comments

New data from the Partnership for Public Service show that members of the Senior Executive Service are more satisfied with their jobs than the employees they oversee.

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FedSmith.com Users Say Its Time to Scrap the TSA

Filed in News by on June 25, 2015 Comments

FedSmith.com users indicated in a recent survey that they believe it would be best to drop the TSA in favor of private screeners and also indicated that they avoid flying as much as possible since the agency was established.

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