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 (FedsDataCenter.com and TSPDataCenter.com).

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1% Pay Raise Becomes More Likely for 2015

Filed in News by on July 16, 2014

The House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015 which defers the decision on a figure for a pay raise for the federal workforce to President Obama. What does this mean for your chances of a pay raise in 2015?

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TSP Rated as Most Valuable Benefit to Federal Employees

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on July 8, 2014

OPM has released the results of the 2013 Federal Employee Benefits Survey. The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) was rated as one of the top benefits available to federal employees as well as the program with the highest enrollment among the federal workforce.

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FedSmith.com Users Say Working for Government Isn’t ‘Cool’

Filed in News by on July 7, 2014

We asked our users in a recent survey if they thought that President Obama had fulfilled his promise to “make government service cool.” The overwhelming majority of respondents said they did not think working for government was “cool.”

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OPM Slowly Reducing Retirement Backlog

Filed in News by on July 7, 2014

The Office of Personnel Management continues its slow but steady reduction of the backlog of outstanding retirement claims.

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Senators Want VA Employees Involved in Scandal to Repay Bonuses

Filed in News by on July 2, 2014

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) have introduced legislation that would take back bonuses paid to employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who were involved in the manipulation of electronic waitlists.

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How Many White House Employees Make Over $100k?

Filed in News by on July 1, 2014

The White House has released its annual disclosure of staff salaries with data for FY 2013.

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Legislation Introduced to Reform Federal Hiring Process

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on June 27, 2014

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has introduced legislation that will allow federal agencies to share information about potential job candidates in an effort to reform the federal hiring process.

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Coburn Report Reveals Extent of Problems at VA

Filed in News by on June 24, 2014

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released a new report based on a year-long investigation of VA hospitals around the nation that chronicled the inappropriate conduct and incompetence within the VA that led to well-documented veteran deaths and delays.

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