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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Republican Platform Calls for Cutting Federal Workers’ Pay and Benefits

Filed in News by on July 20, 2016 Comments

How would a Republican administration potentially impact federal workers? Here is a summary of the 2016 Republican platform insofar as it would affect federal employees.

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Legislation Introduced to Facilitate the Removal Process of Federal Employees

Filed in News by on July 17, 2016 Comments

A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives would limit the amount of time federal employees have to appeal adverse actions. Ironically however, another House bill introduced at the same time would help strengthen protections for whistleblowers.

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Bill Would Offer Some Federal Employees Higher Rates of Pay

Filed in News by on July 14, 2016 Comments

A bill introduced in the Senate this week would offer incentives to expand federal hiring in remote areas in which federal agencies are facing challenges to hire employees to fill job vacancies.

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Senate Introduces Legislation to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Filed in News by on July 13, 2016 Comments

Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate to accompany a House bill that would expedite the removal process of VA employees for poor performance or misconduct.

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GOP Senators Move to Ban State Department Officials From Using Private Email Servers

Filed in News by on July 12, 2016 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would prohibit all State Department officials from using private email accounts and servers to handle sensitive and classified information going forward.

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Senators Want to Take Away Hillary Clinton’s Security Clearance

Filed in News by on July 7, 2016 Comments

Two Senators think that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should have her security clearance revoked because of her handling of classified material through the use of a personal email server set up to conduct government business during her tenure as Secretary of State.

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House Trying Again to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Filed in News by on July 6, 2016 Comments

Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) is taking another shot at reforming policy at the VA, this time with a bill that would strengthen whistleblower protections and institute a number of measures intended to hold agency employees more accountable for wrongdoing.

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Lawmakers Want Traveling Federal Employees to Use Uber

Filed in News by on July 6, 2016 Comments

Two Congressmen have introduced legislation to encourage the use of ride sharing services by federal employees while traveling on government business.

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