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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2017 TSP Contribution Limits

By on December 8, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The TSP has provided details about the annual contribution limits for plan participants in 2017 as defined by the IRS.

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Extending FEHB Coverage for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Extending FEHB Coverage for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners

OPM has published an interim final rule to create a regulatory exception that allows children of same-sex domestic partners living overseas to maintain FEHB coverage for an extended period of time.

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Legislation Introduced to Reform TSA’s Screening Procedures for Transgender Travelers

By on December 6, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Reform TSA’s Screening Procedures for Transgender Travelers

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would require the TSA to reform its security screening procedures to be more accommodating to transgender travelers.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Stays Above 16,000 in November

By on December 6, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments

OPM made a small reduction to its backlog of retirement applications, but it remains above 16,000 as of the end of November.

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OPM Reminds Federal Employees to Follow Dismissal Procedures

By on December 5, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Reminds Federal Employees to Follow Dismissal Procedures

The Office of Personnel Management issued a reminder to federal workers to always be sure to follow dismissal procedures when emergencies or other special events disrupt the normal workday.

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Are you Eligible for the New Disabled Veteran Leave Program?

By on December 4, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 recently took effect for certain newly hired federal employees. OPM has provided a fact sheet about who is eligible for this leave program and how to use it.

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Senators Ask Obama to Freeze Federal Hiring Until Trump Takes Office

By on December 2, 2016 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Senators Ask Obama to Freeze Federal Hiring Until Trump Takes Office

Two Senators have asked President Obama to freeze federal hiring during the transition between presidential administrations to combat the practice of “burrowing in” by political appointees.

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OPM Taken to Task in New Report on Government Waste

By on December 1, 2016 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management is featured in a new report that highlights examples of wasteful government spending.

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FLTCIP Premium Increase Will Keep Funds Solvent Says Insurance Company

By on November 30, 2016 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

In testimony offered to Congress, John Hancock explained the need for the recent premium increases in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and what the ultimate impact would be for federal employees.

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OPM Proposes Canceling Various Job Classifications

By on November 28, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

OPM has proposed eliminating a number of job classifications due to a lack of federal employees who currently hold jobs within them.

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