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 has worked in the web development field since 1998 and does the development and programming for the FedSmith.com web site and its sibling sites.

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OPM Releases Guidance on President’s New Paid Parental Leave Policy

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 16, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has released a new handbook for federal employees that provides details on the president’s new paid parental leave policy that was announced in January as well as details about many other benefits available to the federal workforce.

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House Fails to Pass Bill That Would Fire Tax Delinquent Federal Workers

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 16, 2015 Comments

The House failed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prohibit federal employees with delinquent taxes from remaining on the job.

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Melting Walls and Social Security Numbers for Dead People: Highlights From the New ‘Waste Watch’

Filed in News by on April 9, 2015 Comments

Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) is continuing the practice of former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of putting out a periodic report highlighting wasteful government spending. Here is a sampling of items identified by the Congressman.

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Retirement Claims Backlog Dips Slightly in March

Filed in News by on April 6, 2015 Comments

The latest retirement processing status report from the Office of Personnel Management shows that the backlog of outstanding claims has come down slightly as of the end of March.

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Is Your Agency Among the Most Innovative in Government?

Filed in News by on April 1, 2015 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service has released its annual rankings for the most innovative agencies in the federal government. Which agencies were rated the highest?

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Federal Employees Collectively Owe Over $3.5 Billion in Taxes

Filed in News by on March 24, 2015 Comments

A new report from the IRS shows that current and former federal employees collectively owe $3,539,203,480 in unpaid taxes as of the end of FY 2014.

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Legislation Would Ban Bonuses for Some Federal Employees

Filed in News by on March 18, 2015 Comments

Three Senators reintroduced legislation this week that would prohibit paying bonuses to federal workers who are not in good standing with their agencies or who are in violation of the law.

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GOP Budget Calls for Increased Retirement Contributions

Filed in News by on March 17, 2015 Comments

The House of Representatives Budget Committee released its FY 2016 budget proposal today. Although it offers no specifics, the proposal calls for requiring federal employees and Members of Congress to make greater contributions towards their retirement programs.

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