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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OPM Reminds Federal Employees to Follow Dismissal Procedures

By on December 5, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Reminds Federal Employees to Follow Dismissal Procedures

The Office of Personnel Management issued a reminder to federal workers to always be sure to follow dismissal procedures when emergencies or other special events disrupt the normal workday.

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Are you Eligible for the New Disabled Veteran Leave Program?

By on December 4, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 recently took effect for certain newly hired federal employees. OPM has provided a fact sheet about who is eligible for this leave program and how to use it.

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Senators Ask Obama to Freeze Federal Hiring Until Trump Takes Office

By on December 2, 2016 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Senators Ask Obama to Freeze Federal Hiring Until Trump Takes Office

Two Senators have asked President Obama to freeze federal hiring during the transition between presidential administrations to combat the practice of “burrowing in” by political appointees.

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OPM Taken to Task in New Report on Government Waste

By on December 1, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management is featured in a new report that highlights examples of wasteful government spending.

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FLTCIP Premium Increase Will Keep Funds Solvent Says Insurance Company

By on November 30, 2016 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

In testimony offered to Congress, John Hancock explained the need for the recent premium increases in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and what the ultimate impact would be for federal employees.

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OPM Proposes Canceling Various Job Classifications

By on November 28, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

OPM has proposed eliminating a number of job classifications due to a lack of federal employees who currently hold jobs within them.

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Connolly to Hold 2017 FEHB Open Season Workshop

By on November 23, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Connolly to Hold 2017 FEHB Open Season Workshop

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) is hosting his 8th annual FEHB open season workshop for the 2017 benefits year to help federal employees and retirees with their benefits planning decisions.

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FSAFEDS Maximum Contribution Increasing in 2017

By on November 21, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
FSAFEDS Maximum Contribution Increasing in 2017

The maximum contribution limit for the FSAFEDS program will be increasing by $50 in 2017.

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IG: IRS Employees Sent Unencrypted Emails Containing Personal Data of Thousands of Taxpayers

By on November 20, 2016 in Agency News with 0 Comments
IG: IRS Employees Sent Unencrypted Emails Containing Personal Data of Thousands of Taxpayers

A recent inspector general report found that the IRS may have a widespread problem in which its employees are sending unencrypted emails containing the personal data of taxpayers.

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Lawmakers Concerned About Proposal to Limit Number of FEVS Questions

By on November 16, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Concerned About Proposal to Limit Number of FEVS Questions

Lawmakers recently expressed their concerns about a proposal to drastically cut the number of required questions asked on the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and said that doing so would ultimately harm federal workers.

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