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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Retirement Claims Inventory Remains Flat Over Last Month

By on June 5, 2016 in Current Events, Retirement with 10 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management received roughly the same number of new retirement claims in May as it did in April, however, because fewer were processed, the backlog of outstanding claims remained relatively unchanged.

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New Law Strikes ‘Derogatory and Antiquated’ Terms from Federal Law Books

By on June 2, 2016 in Human Resources with 20 Comments
New Law Strikes ‘Derogatory and Antiquated’ Terms from Federal Law Books

A bill recently signed into law strikes words from federal law books such as “Negro,” “American Indian,” and “Oriental.” The term “illegal aliens” is still being debated in Congress.

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Legislation Introduced to Prosecute Federal Employees Who Commit Crimes While Working Overseas

By on June 1, 2016 in Current Events with 22 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would close a legal loophole to ensure federal employees and contractors are not immune from prosecution for crimes they commit while working abroad.

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Want a $10,000 Bonus? Bill That Would Reward Feds Advances in the Senate

By on May 27, 2016 in Human Resources with 4 Comments
Want a $10,000 Bonus? Bill That Would Reward Feds Advances in the Senate

A bill that would pay bonuses to federal workers who identify unneeded or surplus funds in their agencies has taken another step towards becoming law.

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It Was OPM, Not a Contractor, That First Discovered Data Breach

By on May 27, 2016 in Human Resources with 5 Comments
It Was OPM, Not a Contractor, That First Discovered Data Breach

A letter released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform gives credit to OPM rather than one of its contractors for discovering the data breach on the agency’s computer network that left the personal information of millions of current and former federal employees vulnerable.

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Highest Bonuses for Employees at TSA

By on May 27, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 16 Comments
Highest Bonuses for Employees at TSA

The former head of security at the TSA was let go, in part, due to large bonuses being paid to agency employees despite security lapses that happened on his watch. How much did the TSA pay in bonuses to its employees last year?

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Bill Aims to Combat Identity Theft of Social Security Numbers

By on May 27, 2016 in Agency News with 17 Comments
Bill Aims to Combat Identity Theft of Social Security Numbers

Recently introduced legislation would require the Social Security Administration to remove Social Security numbers from mailed documents when they are deemed unnecessary.

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Legislation Introduced to Help Reduce TSA Security Line Wait Times

By on May 26, 2016 in Agency News with 7 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Help Reduce TSA Security Line Wait Times

Legislation has been introduced ahead of the busy summer travel season to direct the TSA to reassign its employees’ duties to help alleviate the growing security lines that have been plaguing airports around the country.

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CMU to Offer 15% Discount on Tuition for Federal Employees

By on May 25, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 2 Comments
CMU to Offer 15% Discount on Tuition for Federal Employees

OPM and Central Michigan University have announced an agreement to give federal workers and their families discounts on tuition.

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VA Secretary’s Disney Comments Create a Firestorm

By on May 24, 2016 in Current Events with 59 Comments
VA Secretary’s Disney Comments Create a Firestorm

VA Secretary Robert McDonald set off a political firestorm this week when he made comments comparing the wait times at VA hospitals to those at lines for rides at Disney World. Lawmakers are coming out of the woodwork condemning the remarks. Should McDonald resign or is the controversy overblown?

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