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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FedSmith.com Users Overwhelmingly Support Congressional Term Limits

By on November 14, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
FedSmith.com Users Overwhelmingly Support Congressional Term Limits

We recently asked our users if they were in favor of Congressional term limits and the use of private tax collectors by the IRS. The responses left no doubt where our readers stand on these issues.

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2017 Medicare Part B Premiums Announced

By on November 12, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
2017 Medicare Part B Premiums Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the premiums for Medicare for 2017.

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Comey Says FBI Stands By Decision Not to Pursue Charges in Clinton Email Investigation

By on November 6, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Comey Says FBI Stands By Decision Not to Pursue Charges in Clinton Email Investigation

In a follow up letter to Members of Congress, FBI Director James Comey said his agency has found no new evidence that would warrant any charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

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FedSmith.com Users Say Fear is Motivating Voting Preferences

By on November 6, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
FedSmith.com Users Say Fear is Motivating Voting Preferences

When you think of voting in the election this year, what is your motivation: enthusiasm for your preferred candidate to win or fear of the other candidate winning? According to a majority of FedSmith.com users, fear of the other candidate is their primary motivation.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Jumps 10% in October

By on November 5, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Jumps 10% in October

The backlog of retirement applications at OPM bottomed out in June but has been on an upward trend since that time. October saw the sharpest increase since the middle of summer.

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Lawmakers Concerned About Confusion Over OPM’s Switch to a New ID Protection Company

By on November 4, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Concerned About Confusion Over OPM’s Switch to a New ID Protection Company

Lawmakers are concerned that OPM’s announcement that some federal employees will have to re-enroll with another service provider to continue to receive identity theft protection services is going to create confusion.

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Election Day is Almost Here: Who Will Receive Your Vote for President?

By on October 31, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Election day is almost here. Have you decided who will receive your vote?

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Did FBI Director James Comey Violate the Hatch Act?

By on October 31, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Did FBI Director James Comey Violate the Hatch Act?

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey in which he told him he may have violated the Hatch Act by revealing his agency’s investigation days before the election of additional emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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TSP Annual Contribution Limit Unchanged for 2017

By on October 30, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
TSP Annual Contribution Limit Unchanged for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the annual contribution limit for the Thrift Savings Plan will remain at $18,000 per year.

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DOI Secretary Tells Federal Employees to ‘Remain Vigiliant’ After Malheur Refuge Verdict

By on October 29, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
DOI Secretary Tells Federal Employees to ‘Remain Vigiliant’ After Malheur Refuge Verdict

DOI Secretary Sally Jewell sent a memo to all federal employees who work for her agency in which she said she was “profoundly disappointed” by the recent verdict in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge case.

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