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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Harriet Tubman Will Be on the New $20 Bill – Is That a Good Thing?

Filed in News by on April 25, 2016 Comments

The Treasury Department announced last week that some changes are coming to the individuals featured on the $20 and $5 bills. Do you agree with the decision to change the currency? Share your feedback in this short survey.

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Legislation Introduced to Limit Administrative Leave for Federal Employees Accused of Misconduct

Filed in News by on April 24, 2016 Comments

One Congressman wants to put an end to what he calls the “frivolous use” of paid administrative leave for federal employees accused of misconduct.

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List of Presidential Candidates Has Narrowed: Who Do You Support?

Filed in News by on April 12, 2016 Comments

The 2016 presidential election season continues to pick up steam as the field of candidates has narrowed considerably after the first few rounds of state primaries. Which candidate would you prefer to see as the nominee for president in 2016?

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Tax Freedom Day is April 24

Filed in News by on April 10, 2016 Comments

What is Tax Freedom Day? Here is a summary as well as what it means for American taxpayers this year.

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IRS Warns DC Area Residents of New Phishing Scam

Filed in News by on April 6, 2016 Comments

The IRS is warning residents in the Washington, DC area to be on the lookout for a new phishing scheme that specifically targets them. Federal employees should be on the lookout for this scam and know how to avoid it.

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OPM Gets Some Reprieve from Influx of New Retirement Applications

Filed in News by on April 5, 2016 Comments

After a massive influx of new retirement applications in January and February, OPM finally got a break in March and was able to make some headway on reducing the retirement claims backlog.

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IRS Reminds Retirees of April 1 Deadline to Begin Required Retirement Plan Distributions

Filed in News by on March 29, 2016 Comments

The Internal Revenue Service said in a statement Monday that taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2015 must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) in most cases from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Friday, April 1, 2016.

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Americans Still Lagging in Saving for Retirement

Filed in News by on March 24, 2016 Comments

According to a new survey, while Americans’ saving habits in preparing for retirement have improved somewhat in the last few years, many workers are still not saving for the future and have not developed a plan to do so.

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