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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Fed Survey Shows Americans Are Optimistic About Their Finances Despite Generally Lacking Savings

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 27, 2015 Comments

The Federal Reserve has released a new study gauging Americans’ overall financial health. The results show that while Americans have become more optimistic about their financial situations, many remain unprepared for retirement or an emergency situation.

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FedSmith.com Users Think Racism is a Problem in the Federal Workplace

Filed in News by on May 20, 2015 Comments

Reports of racial tensions seem to be on the rise in America today. We asked our users if they see racial biases inside of the agencies where they work, and the majority of the responses we got say that racism is a problem and that EEO offices are not helping to eliminate it.

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Congressman Wants ‘Gender Diversity’ Option for the TSP

Filed in News by on May 20, 2015 Comments

Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) has introduced legislation that would give federal employees the option to invest through the Thrift Savings Plan in companies that demonstrate a strong commitment to gender diversity and women’s economic empowerment. Is this a good idea?

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Want a $10,000 Bonus? A New Bill Would Reward Feds Who Report Wasteful Spending

Filed in News by on May 19, 2015 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would empower an agency’s inspector general to reward federal workers who identify wasteful or fraudulent spending with a bonus.

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New Bill Aims to Cut Federal Workers’ Prescription Drug Costs

Filed in News by on May 19, 2015 Comments

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) has introduced legislation aimed at improving federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits available to federal workers, retirees, and their families through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

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Federal Employee Pay and the Budget Process

Filed in News by on May 11, 2015 Comments

Two different budget proposals on opposite ends of the political spectrum were pitched by lawmakers on the road to the budget proposal that was recently approved by Congress. What did these proposals have to say about your pay and benefits?

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Postal Service Records $1.5 Billion Net Loss in Q2

Filed in News by on May 8, 2015 Comments

The Postal Service announced that it ended the second quarter of the fiscal year with a $1.5 billion net loss, but did see a slight revenue gain making the loss lesser than the same time last year.

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What Impact Does Inflation Have on Your Retirement Savings?

Filed in News by on May 6, 2015 Comments

The G fund inside of the Thrift Savings Plan is known as the “super safe” selection of the TSP funds because it never loses money. But how does it perform over the course of an entire career?

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