Authors

Current FedSmith.com authors are listed below. Click on an author’s name to view his/her articles and biographical information. To learn more about how you can submit articles to FedSmith.com, visit our prospective authors page.

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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Ralph R. Smith

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources.

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Jeff Neal

Jeff Neal is a senior vice president for ICF International and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com. He formerly served in the Obama Administration as Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Homeland Security and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency. Jeff is also a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and a Partnership for Public Service SAGE.

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John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.

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Susan McGuire Smith

Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.

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Michael Wald

Michael Wald is an independent economics analyst and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to business, labor, and human resources. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.

Tom Walker

Tom Walker is a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant and founder of Walker Capital Preservation Group, Inc. He believes strongly in empowering today's federal employees through benefits education at retirement workshops and through featured publications. He has compiled many greatly informative resources at his website, www.WalkerCPG.com and WalkerCPG Facebook page.

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Robert Dietrich

Bob Dietrich has more than 37 years of federal human resources experience and he is a widely known trainer on FMLA, FLSA, Employee and Labor Relations, HR for Supervisors, and is available to bring training to your agency. It is far cheaper to bring the instructor to the class as opposed to the class to the instructor. He may be contacted through Dennis Hermann & Associates.

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Randy Silvey

Randy Silvey is an industry leader in the decryption and education of federal retirement income benefits. He’s a public speaker, columnist and the published author of: “You FIRST, Federal Employees Retirement Guide.” With 14 years’ experience, Randy is well-known for showing Feds how to pursue early and wealthy retirements. A past Fed himself, Randy offers (nationwide), free “Retirement Readiness Reviews” and “Risk Analysis.” He’s disregarded Fed ignorant and risk heavy financial advice by replacing it with Fed focused “Asset Protection Planning.” Randy can be reached at 816-524-1515 or www.silverlightfinancial.com. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Jason Kay

Jason Kay is a professional resume writer and regular contributor to KSADoctor.com, a professional federal resume service and repository of sample KSA statements.

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Jason Visner

Jason Visner is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors, and works with federal employees to optimize their retirement benefits. The process starts with a complimentary analysis of the complete federal benefit package, and then builds an overall retirement plan on that foundation. He can provide recommendations on FERS or CSRS annuities, survivor benefits, military/LEO service, FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, IRAs, annuities, and social security. He can be reached at 262-456-5514 or brookfed.com.

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Mathew B. Tully, Esq.

Mathew B. Tully is a founding partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC. He concentrates his practice on representing federal government employees and military personnel and can be reached at mtully@fedattorney.com. To schedule a meeting with one of the firm’s federal employment law attorneys call 202-787-1900. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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H. E. James, MBA

Hattie James is a writer and researcher from Boise, Idaho, with a varied background, including education and sports journalism. She is a former electronic content manager and analyst for a government agency, holds an MBA, enjoys supporting local businesses, and can be reached via Linkedin.

Brenton Smith

Brenton Smith (A.K.A. Joe The Economist) is the founder of “Fix Social Security Now” which provides information on all alternatives in the public debate on Social Security through its site www.FixSSNow.Org.

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Robbie Kunreuther

Robbie Kunreuther is the Director of Government Personnel Services (GPS). GPS provides 1 to 3-day seminars to Federal agencies in four subject areas: Dealing with performance and conduct issues; Developing sensible performance appraisal criteria; Fostering cooperative labor-management relations; and Applying mediation skills in the workplace. Over the years, Robbie has trained thousands of Federal supervisors, managers, HR specialists, and union officials. For more information about him and GPS, go to trainlngfeds.com.

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Wayne Coleman

Wayne Coleman is a consultant whose career at various Federal agencies spans almost 40 years. During this time he has written about and provided training on overtime and premium pay, on the principles of FLSA coverage and exemption, and on related federal compensation issues. Wayne is available to help your agency avoid premium pay claims through consulting services and training. Contact him for more information.

Meiko S. Patton

Meiko S. Patton is a writer for the federal government and the founder of Federal Side Hustle News Magazine. You can find her on twitter @careersavvyfed.

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Carol Schmidlin

Carol Schmidlin is the President of Franklin Planning and has been advising clients on how to grow and preserve their wealth for 20 years. In addition to her financial planning practice, she is the founder of FedSavvy® Educational Solutions, which provides Financial and Retirement Literacy Programs for Federal Employees. Follow FedSavvy® Educational Solutions on Facebook for the most up to date information. Contact Carol at (856) 401-1101 or visit FranklinPlanning.com.

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Bo Harris

As a Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultant (ChFEBC), Bo Harris is passionate about helping federal employees obtain proper benefits. He joined Harris Federal Law Firm in 2002 and is now the firm’s Director of Operations. Harris Federal assists federal workers all over the country on employment matters, filing for OWCP workers’ compensation and FERS federal disability retirement benefits. Bo regularly leads training seminars for federal agencies and unions. To learn more, contact Bo at (877) 226-2723 or via email.

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Cooper Mitchell

Cooper Mitchell is an Investment Advisor Representative for Dane Financial, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, as well as a licensed insurance agent for Dane Advisory Group, LLC. He welcomes questions from federal employees on retirement matters. You can find out more about him and his company at his website, fedretirementplanning.com. Dane Financial, LLC and Dane Advisory Group, LLC are affiliated companies.

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