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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Should the Selective Service be Abolished?

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 11, 2016 Comments

Is it time to abolish the Selective Service System? A group of lawmakers in the House think so and have introduced legislation that would do just that.

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Will Permanent Adoption of the myRA Cure America’s Bad Saving Habits?

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 10, 2016 Comments

Two Congressmen have introduced legislation to make the myRA a permanent retirement savings option, something they say will cause more American workers to start saving for retirement. But is yet another retirement savings option really going to cause Americans to suddenly start preparing for their own futures?

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Postal Service Reports a Profit of $307 Million in Q1

Filed in News by on February 9, 2016 Comments

The Postal Service reported a net profit of $307 million in the first quarter of 2016, a significant milestone for the agency which has suffered from heavy financial losses for the past several years.

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OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Jumps 73% in January

Filed in News by on February 5, 2016 Comments

January is always a popular time for federal employees to retire, and last month was no exception. The Office of Personnel Management saw its backlog of retirement claims jump 73% thanks to an influx of new applications.

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Should Federal Buildings Be Required to Provide Lactation Spaces for Visiting Nursing Mothers?

Filed in News by on February 4, 2016 Comments

Should federally owned or leased buildings be required to provide private lactation spaces for female visitors? One lawmaker thinks they should.

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Legislation Would Privatize 30,000 Federal Jobs

Filed in News by on February 3, 2016 Comments

Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is introducing legislation that would remove 30,000 federal employees from the government’s payroll while simultaneously turning much of the nation’s air traffic control system over to an independently operated, non-profit corporation.

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Legislation Introduced to Bolster Rights of Federal Employees Serving in Sensitive Positions

Filed in News by on February 2, 2016 Comments

Two Members of Congress have introduced legislation that is intended to protect certain due process rights of federal employees serving in security sensitive positions.

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House Passes Bill to Restructure Pensions and Allowances Paid to Former Presidents

Filed in News by on January 14, 2016 Comments

The House passed legislation this week that would restructure the annual pensions and personal allowances paid to former presidents.

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