Ian Smith

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.

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Trump Signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Into Law

By on June 23, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump Signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act Into Law

The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act has been signed into law by President Trump. Here is a recap of the provisions of the new law.

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Legislation Introduced to Allow Multiple Withdrawals from the TSP

By on June 23, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Allow Multiple Withdrawals from the TSP

Legislation has been introduced in the House to allow federal employees to make multiple age-based and post-separation withdrawals from the TSP accounts.

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Legislation Introduced to Privatize Air Traffic Control

By on June 22, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Privatize Air Traffic Control

Legislation has been introduced in the House to privatize the nation’s air traffic control systems. It failed in the past, but could it succeed this time?

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House Passes Bill That Would Establish Employee Awards Program at DHS

By on June 21, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Passes Bill That Would Establish Employee Awards Program at DHS

The House has passed legislation that would create a series of new initiatives to improve the morale of DHS employees.

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EPA Officially Ends Employee Gym Membership Benefits

By on June 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Officially Ends Employee Gym Membership Benefits

The EPA has announced that it will be formally ending its fitness benefits program for agency employees.

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Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

By on June 20, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Clinical Psychologist Convicted for His Role in $600 Million Social Security Disability Scheme

A clinical psychologist in Kentucky has been convicted for his role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of more than $600 million.

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OPM Issues Warning About Annuity Scam

By on June 20, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM Issues Warning About Annuity Scam

OPM recently issued an alert about a scam that is targeting the annuities of retired federal employees.

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Office Cannot Restrict Free Speech

By on June 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Rules Patent Office Cannot Restrict Free Speech

The Supreme Court has concluded that the Patent and Trademark Office cannot discriminate against trademark designations it deems disparaging or inappropriate.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Give Tax Credit to Federal Employees Serving in Combat Zones

By on June 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Reintroduced to Give Tax Credit to Federal Employees Serving in Combat Zones

Legislation has been introduced to give the same tax credit to federal employees that military personnel get when working in a combat zone.

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Letters Express Opposition to Proposed Benefits Cuts

By on June 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Letters Express Opposition to Proposed Benefits Cuts

Two letters were sent last week to Congress expressing opposition to proposed cuts to federal employee benefits in the White House’s budget proposal.

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