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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Legislation Would Abolish the IRS

By on February 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Abolish the IRS

In the midst of an increasing number of proposals to eliminate or cut various federal agencies, one bill that has perhaps gone largely unnoticed would do away with the IRS.

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House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

By on February 17, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Does the use of official time at the VA improve veterans’ care, and how much official time is actually used by employees? A recent House Committee hearing sought to find answers to these questions.

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Legislation Aims to Stop Political ‘Burrowing’

By on February 17, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Aims to Stop Political ‘Burrowing’

A recently introduced House bill aims to end the practice of “burrowing” by political appointees into senior-level civil service positions.

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Want to Take on the Trump Administration? These Congressmen Have Released a Guide to Help You

By on February 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Want to Take on the Trump Administration? These Congressmen Have Released a Guide to Help You

Two Congressmen have released a guide for federal employees which they say helps to foster a “safe and responsible disclosure of information” to fight back against a “communications blackout” they say has been employed by the Trump administration.

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Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

By on February 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

Legislation has been introduced in the House which would exempt veterans from the federal hiring freeze.

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Legislation Introduced to Abolish the CFPB

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Abolish the CFPB

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Postal Service Posts $200 Million Net Loss in Q1

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Posts $200 Million Net Loss in Q1

The Postal Service announced that it suffered a $200 million net loss in the first quarter of FY 2017.

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Are EPA Employees Violating Federal Record Keeping Requirements?

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Are EPA Employees Violating Federal Record Keeping Requirements?

A House Committee is asking for an IG analysis of reports of EPA employees using encrypted forms of communication which may be in violation of federal record keeping requirements.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Give Federal Employees 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

By on February 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Reintroduced to Give Federal Employees 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

Legislation has been reintroduced in the new Congress to give federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

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OPM Releases Additional Hiring Freeze Guidance

By on February 13, 2017 in Human Resources, Q&A with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has provided an extensive list of questions and answers with additional guidance about the hiring freeze.

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