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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OPM Releases Back Pay Calculator

By on September 26, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Releases Back Pay Calculator

OPM has released a back pay calculator to help federal agencies calculate back pay awards and interest payments owed to federal employees who have faced unwarranted personnel actions against them.

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Lawmakers Ask OPM to Extend FLTCIP Enrollment Deadline

By on September 23, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Ask OPM to Extend FLTCIP Enrollment Deadline

Three Congressmen sent a letter to OPM requesting that the enrollment deadline for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) be extended so federal employees have more time to weigh their options in light of the steep premium increases they are facing.

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Should the TSA Be Expanded to Cover All Modes of Transportation?

By on September 23, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Should the TSA Be Expanded to Cover All Modes of Transportation?

Should the TSA cover more than just airline travel? Some in the Senate think that it should and have introduced legislation to expand the agency to cover all forms of public transportation.

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Which Agencies Have the Most Satisfied Employees?

By on September 20, 2016 in Human Resources with 11 Comments
Which Agencies Have the Most Satisfied Employees?

How satisfied are you with your job as a federal employee, and how do you compare to others? New data from the Office of Personnel Management’s 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey provide some insights.

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SEA Names New President

By on September 20, 2016 in Current Events with 1 Comment
SEA Names New President

The Senior Executives Association has announced that it has named Bill Valdez as its new president.

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OPM Issues Guidance for Agencies and Employees on Zika Virus

By on September 20, 2016 in Human Resources with 1 Comment
OPM Issues Guidance for Agencies and Employees on Zika Virus

The Office of Personnel Management has released a memo instructing federal agencies to “utilize all available human resources flexibilities” to help protect federal employees from the effects of the Zika virus.

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Who Are the Federal Employees of the Year?

By on September 20, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Who Are the Federal Employees of the Year?

The winners of the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals have been announced to honor federal employees who work to make a difference in their communities.

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Push Continues in Congress to Allow Federal Employees to Use Ride Sharing Services

By on September 18, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 3 Comments
Push Continues in Congress to Allow Federal Employees to Use Ride Sharing Services

Congress has introduced several bills recently that are designed to encourage federal employees to use ride sharing services such as Uber when traveling or commuting.

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Can’t Make Your FEGLI Selections in Time? You May Have Options

By on September 16, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Can’t Make Your FEGLI Selections in Time? You May Have Options

Are you planning to take advantage of the FEGLI open season but can’t make your selections before the deadline? You may still be able to participate according to new guidance from OPM.

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House Committee Wants to Know Why OPM Hasn’t Implemented GAO’s Recommendations

By on September 13, 2016 in Agency News with 4 Comments
House Committee Wants to Know Why OPM Hasn’t Implemented GAO’s Recommendations

A House Committee wants to know why OPM has failed to implement a number of recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office intended to strengthen OPM’s information security systems.

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