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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Agency Supporters Take to Twitter in Defiance of Trump Administration

By on January 29, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Agency Supporters Take to Twitter in Defiance of Trump Administration

In no time after the Trump administration issued a directive to agencies to temporarily limit their communications, voices of dissent took to Twitter. What is the story behind some of these “rogue” Twitter accounts, and what does it all mean for federal employees?

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This Federal Employee Union Actually Supports Trump

By on January 29, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
This Federal Employee Union Actually Supports Trump

While many federal employees and unions are not happy with seeing Donald Trump in the White House, one union representing federal employees recently had nothing but nice things to say about the president’s actions taken to date.

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VA Announces Exemptions from Hiring Freeze

By on January 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Announces Exemptions from Hiring Freeze

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that direct patient care positions within the agency are exempt from the Trump administration’s hiring freeze.

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Trump Plans to Cut EPA Workforce by as Much as 50%

By on January 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

According to a former Trump administration team staffer, the president has plans to significantly reduce the size and scope of the EPA.

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VA Committee Chairmen Ask for Agency Exemption From Trump on Hiring Freeze

By on January 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Committee Chairmen Ask for Agency Exemption From Trump on Hiring Freeze

The Chairmen of the House and Senate VA committees sent a letter to President Trump asking for clarification about exempting the VA from the hiring freeze.

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Lawmakers Accuse Trump of Breaking Federal Law

By on January 26, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Accuse Trump of Breaking Federal Law

Members from both branches of Congress are accusing the Trump administration of violating federal law due to issuing gag orders restricting the communications of federal agencies and employees.

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Executive Orders Call for Hiring 15,000 New Federal Employees

By on January 26, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Executive Orders Call for Hiring 15,000 New Federal Employees

In the midst of much news about a federal hiring freeze, it may come as a surprise to hear that two executive orders were issued by the White House calling for hiring 15,000 new federal employees.

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Trump’s Hiring Freeze: How Significant Is It?

By on January 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump’s Hiring Freeze: How Significant Is It?

The federal hiring freeze announced this week led to a strong initial outcry, but news reports have since been surfacing which suggest it may not be as bad as it first sounded.

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Legislation Introduced in House to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

By on January 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced in House to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Legislation was recently introduced in the House of Representatives to make it easier to fire VA employees for poor performance.

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Did Trump Order a ‘Media Blackout’ at EPA?

By on January 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Did Trump Order a ‘Media Blackout’ at EPA?

The Associated Press has reported that the Trump administration has ordered a temporary “media blackout” at the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House has denied these claims.

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