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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Senators: ‘Urgent Need’ to Improve the VA

By on December 20, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senators: ‘Urgent Need’ to Improve the VA

Two Senators sent a letter to vice president-elect Mike Pence telling him about a myriad of problems within the VA they hope to see fixed under a new administration.

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What Tax Records Should You Keep?

By on December 19, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
What Tax Records Should You Keep?

With the end of the year and tax season approaching, the IRS is reminding taxpayers about what tax records they should keep and for how long.

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Democrats Call for Federal Probe Into Trump’s Energy Department Questionnaire

By on December 18, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Democrats Call for Federal Probe Into Trump’s Energy Department Questionnaire

A group of Senate Democrats requested that the Office of Special Counsel launch an investigation into a questionnaire asking for names of individuals working on climate change policies sent by the incoming Trump administration to officials at the Department of Energy.

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What are the Best Agencies to Work for in Government?

By on December 15, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
What are the Best Agencies to Work for in Government?

The Partnership for Public Service has released its annual rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Did your agency make the list?

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Obama Offers a Final ‘Thank You’ to Federal Employees

By on December 14, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments

President Obama offered a final “thank you” to federal employees during his last days in office to honor their accomplishments.

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OPM Extends Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision

By on December 12, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Extends Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision

OPM has announced that the open enrollment period for the dental and vision programs has been extended two days due to technical problems with the enrollment website.

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2017 TSP Contribution Limits

By on December 8, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The TSP has provided details about the annual contribution limits for plan participants in 2017 as defined by the IRS.

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Extending FEHB Coverage for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Extending FEHB Coverage for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners

OPM has published an interim final rule to create a regulatory exception that allows children of same-sex domestic partners living overseas to maintain FEHB coverage for an extended period of time.

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Legislation Introduced to Reform TSA’s Screening Procedures for Transgender Travelers

By on December 6, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Reform TSA’s Screening Procedures for Transgender Travelers

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would require the TSA to reform its security screening procedures to be more accommodating to transgender travelers.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Stays Above 16,000 in November

By on December 6, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments

OPM made a small reduction to its backlog of retirement applications, but it remains above 16,000 as of the end of November.

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