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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House Passes Bill to Limit EPA Authority on Water Quality

By on July 14, 2011 in Current Events with 6 Comments

The House of Representatives has passed legislation intended to give more control to the states to regulate the nation’s water quality.

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Issa Asks Postal Union to Stop Misleading Ads About Postal Service

By on July 13, 2011 in Current Events with 43 Comments

Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to the American Postal Workers Union President requesting that the union cancel a television ad which Issa says is misleading to the American public.

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House Members Introduce Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act

By on July 11, 2011 in Current Events with 14 Comments

Four members of Congress have introduced the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act designed to enhance the program that provides compensation to federal employees as a result of injuries or illnesses suffered on the job.

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OPM Tells Federal Employees to Use 'Plain Language'

By on July 9, 2011 in Current Events, Leadership with 14 Comments

OPM has endorsed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and offers federal employees a few tips on how to write their documents using “plain language.”

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Ron Paul Works Towards Privatizing TSA

By on July 7, 2011 in Current Events with 68 Comments

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation on Thursday called the American Traveler Dignity Act that he says is a step towards moving the current airline security system under the TSA towards a private system run by the airlines and not by the federal government.

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FAA Says Air Traffic Controllers Not Allowed to Sleep While on Duty

By on July 2, 2011 in Current Events with 34 Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration reached an agreement with the National Air Traffic Controllers Union on Friday that reinforces existing FAA policy that prohibits controllers from sleeping while on duty.

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141 White House Staffers Earn Over $100k

By on July 1, 2011 in Current Events with 41 Comments

141 White House staffers, or about 1 out of every 3, makes at least $100,000 a year, according to data released by the White House on Friday.

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Congressman Mulvaney Says Insourcing Hurting Small Businesses

By on June 24, 2011 in Current Events with 19 Comments

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) said in a Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee hearing on June 23 that the Obama administration’s insourcing policies are having a detrimental effect on small businesses and needlessly costing taxpayers extra money.

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Issa Introduces Postal Reform Act

By on June 23, 2011 in Current Events with 26 Comments

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced legislation to implement sweeping, structural reforms and prevent a potential taxpayer bailout of the Postal Service.

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AFGE Announces It Will Represent the TSA

By on June 23, 2011 in Current Events with 7 Comments

Transportation Security Administration employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees as their exclusive union representative with a 8903-8447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union.

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