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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Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

By on February 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze

Legislation has been introduced in the House which would exempt veterans from the federal hiring freeze.

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Legislation Introduced to Abolish the CFPB

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Abolish the CFPB

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Postal Service Posts $200 Million Net Loss in Q1

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Posts $200 Million Net Loss in Q1

The Postal Service announced that it suffered a $200 million net loss in the first quarter of FY 2017.

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Are EPA Employees Violating Federal Record Keeping Requirements?

By on February 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Are EPA Employees Violating Federal Record Keeping Requirements?

A House Committee is asking for an IG analysis of reports of EPA employees using encrypted forms of communication which may be in violation of federal record keeping requirements.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Give Federal Employees 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

By on February 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Reintroduced to Give Federal Employees 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

Legislation has been reintroduced in the new Congress to give federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

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OPM Releases Additional Hiring Freeze Guidance

By on February 13, 2017 in Human Resources, Q&A with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has provided an extensive list of questions and answers with additional guidance about the hiring freeze.

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Democratic Senators Pledge to Support Federal Workforce

By on February 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Democratic Senators Pledge to Support Federal Workforce

A resolution recently introduced in the Senate pledges to support the federal workforce with “five fights for federal employees.”

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Ethics Office Website Experiences Outages Due to ‘Extraordinary Volume’

By on February 11, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Ethics Office Website Experiences Outages Due to ‘Extraordinary Volume’

The Office of Government Ethics experienced a high volume of traffic late last week which temporarily crippled its website. The surge may have been caused by allegations that Kellyanne Conway violated federal ethics regulations.

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Did Kellyanne Conway Violate Federal Ethics Regulations?

By on February 9, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Office of Government Ethics has said that disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway appears to be warranted for statements she made which appear to violate her position as a federal employee.

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Legislation Would Require Agencies to Return Unappropriated Funds to Treasury

By on February 9, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Require Agencies to Return Unappropriated Funds to Treasury

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to require federal agencies to return all fines, fees, penalties, and other unappropriated funds that they collect to the Treasury.

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