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.

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Lawmakers Want the Government to Stop Paying Dead People

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 23, 2015 Comments

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would simplify the process for identifying people who have died and cutting off the flow of federal benefits to them.

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Legislation Would Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 23, 2015 Comments

Congressman Jeff Miller (F-FL) is introducing legislation that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary sweeping new authority to fire corrupt or incompetent employees for cause.

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28% of Workers Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 22, 2015 Comments

The results from the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey have just been released. Some of the data show that American workers are still not preparing adequately for retirement, but the news is not all bad.

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OPM Releases Guidance on President’s New Paid Parental Leave Policy

Filed in News by on April 16, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has released a new handbook for federal employees that provides details on the president’s new paid parental leave policy that was announced in January as well as details about many other benefits available to the federal workforce.

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House Fails to Pass Bill That Would Fire Tax Delinquent Federal Workers

Filed in News by on April 16, 2015 Comments

The House failed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prohibit federal employees with delinquent taxes from remaining on the job.

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Melting Walls and Social Security Numbers for Dead People: Highlights From the New ‘Waste Watch’

Filed in News by on April 9, 2015 Comments

Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) is continuing the practice of former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of putting out a periodic report highlighting wasteful government spending. Here is a sampling of items identified by the Congressman.

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Retirement Claims Backlog Dips Slightly in March

Filed in News by on April 6, 2015 Comments

The latest retirement processing status report from the Office of Personnel Management shows that the backlog of outstanding claims has come down slightly as of the end of March.

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Is Your Agency Among the Most Innovative in Government?

Filed in News by on April 1, 2015 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service has released its annual rankings for the most innovative agencies in the federal government. Which agencies were rated the highest?

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