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 Votes to Limit Rule Making Authority of Federal Agencies

By on January 6, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Votes to Limit Rule Making Authority of Federal Agencies

The House recently passed legislation that would limit the rule making authority of federal agencies.

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OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog Nearly 6% in December

By on January 6, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM Reduces Retirement Backlog Nearly 6% in December

OPM made an almost 6% reduction in its backlog of outstanding retirement claims to close out 2016.

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House Votes to Have Reprimands Remain Permanently on VA Employees’ Records

By on January 3, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Votes to Have Reprimands Remain Permanently on VA Employees’ Records

The House has voted to pass a bill that would make reprimands remain permanently on a VA employee’s record.

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GSA Lowers Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2017

By on January 2, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
GSA Lowers Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2017

Federal employees who use their personal vehicles when traveling for government business will see a slight reduction in the reimbursement rates paid to them this year.

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New Rule Would Require Agencies to Boost Hiring of Disabled Individuals

By on December 30, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
New Rule Would Require Agencies to Boost Hiring of Disabled Individuals

The EEOC is finalizing a rule that will require federal agencies to enact hiring policies that favor individuals with disabilities.

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The Best of 2016

By on December 29, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
The Best of 2016

The FedSmith.com authors posted many articles in 2016 to keep our readers informed. These are some of our (and your) favorites.

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OPM Provides Fact Sheet on Complying with Minimum Health Insurance Guidelines Under FEHB

By on December 28, 2016 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Provides Fact Sheet on Complying with Minimum Health Insurance Guidelines Under FEHB

Do you have health insurance through the FEHB? OPM has released a fact sheet for federal employees with details on how to show compliance to the IRS under the Affordable Care Act.

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CBO: Social Security Benefits Would Need to be Reduced by 29%

By on December 23, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
CBO: Social Security Benefits Would Need to be Reduced by 29%

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says that under current law, Social Security benefits would have to be cut 29% beginning in 2030 at the current rate of consumption.

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Letters Showcase Spat Between Lawmaker and VA Deputy Secretary Over Bonuses for VA Employees

By on December 21, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Letters Showcase Spat Between Lawmaker and VA Deputy Secretary Over Bonuses for VA Employees

The Deputy Secretary of the VA is unhappy about a law recently passed that limits awards and incentives for VA employees. However, the Chairman of the House VA Committee made it clear he won’t budge on repealing the bonus restrictions.

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DC Just Gave Workers 8 Weeks of Paid Leave; What Does This Mean for Federal Employees?

By on December 20, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The city council in Washington, DC has voted to give employees there 8 weeks of paid family leave. What will this mean for federal employees who work in the District?

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