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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Hiding Contacts with Chinese Intelligence Agents Leads to State Department Employee’s Arrest

By on March 29, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Hiding Contacts with Chinese Intelligence Agents Leads to State Department Employee’s Arrest

A long-time employee of the State Department was charged with misleading the FBI about gifts she received from Chinese intelligence agents over the course of several years.

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Census Bureau Releases List of Subjects for 2020 Census

By on March 29, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Census Bureau Releases List of Subjects for 2020 Census

The Census Bureau has provided Congress the list of subjects for the questions that it plans to ask Americans in the 2020 Census.

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Postal Employee Charged with Stealing His Co-Workers Identities

By on March 29, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Employee Charged with Stealing His Co-Workers Identities

A Postal employee from New Jersey has been charged with stealing the identities of other Postal workers to file fraudulent insurance claims.

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Trump Directs Agencies to Review Domestic Energy Burdens

By on March 28, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

President Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to conduct a review of any actions that potentially hinder domestic energy resources.

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$550 Million Scheme to Defraud SSA Leads to Guilty Plea

By on March 28, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

A Social Security disability lawyer recently pleaded guilty to a scheme designed to fraudulently obtain over $500 million in disability payments from the Social Security Administration.

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OPM Releases ‘Reshaping’ Guidance for Agencies

By on March 27, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Releases ‘Reshaping’ Guidance for Agencies

OPM has released new guidance for agencies that may be undergoing “reshaping” changes, such as reductions in force.

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OPM Releases Updated Guidance on Administrative Furloughs

By on March 27, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Releases Updated Guidance on Administrative Furloughs

Following the release of the White House’s budget proposal, OPM is apparently preparing agencies for the possibility of administrative furloughs as it has released updated guidance for agencies and employees.

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Legislation Would Ban Bonuses for Some Federal Employees

By on March 23, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Ban Bonuses for Some Federal Employees

Recently introduced legislation would prohibit federal agencies from paying bonuses to federal employees who commit serious infractions under their agency’s code of conduct.

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Trump’s VA Reform Plan Currently Running ‘Ahead of Schedule’

By on March 23, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump laid out a plan to reform the VA. He said recently this plan is moving forward “ahead of schedule.”

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Legislation Aims to Make VA 100% Smoke-Free

By on March 22, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Aims to Make VA 100% Smoke-Free

New legislation would make all Veterans Health Administration facilities completely smoke free.

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