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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Trump in 2020? OSC Releases Hatch Act Guidance

By on February 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump in 2020? OSC Releases Hatch Act Guidance

The Office of Special Counsel has received numerous questions from federal employees about a possible candidate Trump in the 2020 election. The agency has provided a memo with Hatch Act guidance in the interim.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Surges 53% in January

By on February 6, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Surges 53% in January

The annual surge of retiring federal employees to kick off the new year has led to a sizable increase in OPM’s backlog of retirement applications.

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Federal Workers Finding Creative Ways to Push Back Against Trump Administration

By on February 5, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Federal Workers Finding Creative Ways to Push Back Against Trump Administration

Many federal employees are unhappy about the election of Donald Trump as president. There are organized movements taking place within the federal workforce to collectively voice opposition to the new administration’s polices.

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Legislation Introduced to Abolish the EPA

By on February 3, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the House to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Legislation Introduced to Reform Postal Employees’ Benefits

By on February 1, 2017 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Reform Postal Employees’ Benefits

Legislation has been introduced in the House that would make a number of reforms to the Postal Service including changes to current and retired Postal employees’ benefits.

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New OPM Guidance Details Allowable Exemptions Under Hiring Freeze

By on February 1, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
New OPM Guidance Details Allowable Exemptions Under Hiring Freeze

OPM has released additional guidance on the hiring freeze which provides more detail on allowed exemptions.

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Legislation Introduced to Give Federal Employees a 3.2% Pay Raise in 2018

By on January 31, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Give Federal Employees a 3.2% Pay Raise in 2018

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to give federal employees a 3.2% pay raise in 2018.

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NARFE Says Bill Targeting Tax Delinquent Federal Employees Addresses a ‘Problem That Doesn’t Exist’

By on January 31, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
NARFE Says Bill Targeting Tax Delinquent Federal Employees Addresses a ‘Problem That Doesn’t Exist’

NARFE sent a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week in opposition to legislation that would prohibit tax delinquent federal employees from being employed by the federal government.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Prevent Federal Employees From Watching Porn at Work

By on January 30, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Reintroduced to Prevent Federal Employees From Watching Porn at Work

Legislation has been reintroduced in the House to prohibit federal employees from watching porn on their work computers.

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Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Cut Regulations

By on January 30, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Cut Regulations

President Trump has signed an executive order laying out a process that directs federal agencies to cut regulations.

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