Tag: Current Events

FedSmith.com Users Overwhelmingly Disagree with $20 Bill Redesign

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 4, 2016 Comments

We asked our users in a recent survey if they agreed with the Treasury Department’s decision to redesign the $20 and $5 bills to feature new historical figures. Here is what you told us.

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Thank a Government Employee This Week

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 4, 2016 Comments

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and in the spirit of the occasion, the author gives thanks to federal agencies and their employees for their service.

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Labor Department and Farmers on Collision Course Over Farm Labor

Filed in News by on April 25, 2016 Comments

Farm leaders from around the nation held a news conference in Washington on April 22, 2016, to say that the U.S. Department of Labor is threatening the livelihoods of farmers and the 2016 crop season.

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FedSmith Readers Share Their Choices for President in 2016

Filed in News by on April 18, 2016 Comments

Who are the preferred presidential candidates among FedSmith.com users? Independent voters were the largest group to respond to our latest survey, and this group may tip the election in November. Here are the results.

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DHS Leads Agencies With 71 Employees on Administrative Leave for More Than 1 Year

Filed in News by on April 7, 2016 Comments

Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.

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Great Customer Service? Congressman Gets Response from IRS After Almost 8 Years

Filed in News by on March 22, 2016 Comments

Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is unhappy with the IRS. He recently let loose on the agency in an editorial in which he recounts the story of how a request he submitted nearly 8 years ago was only just recently answered.

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Disciplinary Action Process for Fed Workers Ripe for Change?

Filed in News by on March 20, 2016 Comments

Change is afoot in Congress for the federal human resources system for rating and removing federal employees. Federal employees who have been around for awhile may think we are moving forward to 1978—the last major legislative change in these areas.

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Should We Beat On OPM Again? Nope.

Filed in News by on March 18, 2016 Comments

The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.

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