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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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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OMB Orders Elimination of Dozens of Agency Reporting Requirements

By on June 16, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OMB Orders Elimination of Dozens of Agency Reporting Requirements

The Trump Administration plans to eliminate numerous regulations to ease the paperwork burden on federal agencies.

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Senators Want Details About Accused NSA Leaker’s Security Clearance

By on June 16, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senators Want Details About Accused NSA Leaker’s Security Clearance

Two Senators have asked OPM to provide details about the security clearance that was granted to NSA contractor Reality Winner.

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TSA Testing New Fingerprint Scanners in Lieu of Boarding Passes

By on June 15, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
TSA Testing New Fingerprint Scanners in Lieu of Boarding Passes

The TSA is testing new fingerprint scanning technology at two airports that has the potential to replace the need for boarding passes and identity documents.

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