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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Federal Employees Petition for an Extra Holiday at Christmas

By on November 29, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 128 Comments
Federal Employees Petition for an Extra Holiday at Christmas

Two petitions have been started on the White House’s “We the People” website asking the president to give federal employees an extra paid day off at Christmas.

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Who is Eligible for Extra Leave Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015?

By on November 24, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 55 Comments
Who is Eligible for Extra Leave Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015?

The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 was signed into law on November 5. The Office of Personnel Management has released guidance detailing which federal employees will receive benefits from this new legislation and how it works.

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Will Federal Employees Get Black Friday Off?

By on November 24, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 120 Comments
Will Federal Employees Get Black Friday Off?

A petition was started last week asking the White House to give federal employees an extra day off at Thanksgiving. How likely is this to happen?

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Legislation Introduced to Allow Using Gun Permits as Acceptable ID at TSA Checkpoints

By on November 19, 2015 in Agency News with 39 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Allow Using Gun Permits as Acceptable ID at TSA Checkpoints

Legislation has been introduced in the House to allow Americans to use gun license permits as permissible identification for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) purposes.

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Will the Self Plus One Option Save You Money Next Year?

By on November 18, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 46 Comments
Will the Self Plus One Option Save You Money Next Year?

Many of our users have been wondering if the new Self Plus One option will save them money over the family option next year. FedSmith.com has put together an analysis of FEHB premiums to quickly compare the costs between the two options for the various plans in the FEHB to help you determine if you will save money with this new option.

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House Passes Legislation to Limit Bonuses of Senior VA Executives in FY 2016

By on November 18, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 8 Comments
House Passes Legislation to Limit Bonuses of Senior VA Executives in FY 2016

The House of Representatives passed legislation this week that would limit bonuses paid to Veterans Affairs employees in the Senior Executive Service to $2 million in FY 2016.

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Federal Employees Petition White House for an Extra Paid Holiday at Thanksgiving

By on November 17, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 46 Comments
Federal Employees Petition White House for an Extra Paid Holiday at Thanksgiving

An online petition was recently started that asks the White House to give federal employees an extra paid day off at Thanksgiving.

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OPM Launches Federal Hiring Toolkit

By on November 16, 2015 in Human Resources with 2 Comments
OPM Launches Federal Hiring Toolkit

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has launched a newly created Hiring Toolkit for hiring officials, human resources professionals, and other staff involved in the Federal hiring process.

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Postal Service Loses $5.1 Billion in FY 2015

By on November 13, 2015 in Agency News with 10 Comments
Postal Service Loses $5.1 Billion in FY 2015

The Postal Service has reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015.

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Can a Federal Employee Be Fired for Tweeting About a Political Candidate?

By on November 13, 2015 in Human Resources with 152 Comments
Can a Federal Employee Be Fired for Tweeting About a Political Candidate?

The Office of Special Counsel has released a list of frequently asked questions about the Hatch Act and social media use for federal workers in light of the upcoming election year.

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