Ian Smith

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

OPM Reminds Federal Employees About HR Flexibilities

By on September 14, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Reminds Federal Employees About HR Flexibilities

As hurricane seasons begins to reach its peak, OPM reminds federal employees of several HR flexibilities agencies can offer in emergency situations.

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Growing Bipartisan Opposition to the Proposed Pay Freeze

By on September 13, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Growing Bipartisan Opposition to the Proposed Pay Freeze

A growing number of lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are urging President Trump to reconsider the proposed 2019 pay freeze.

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New Law Will Give Some VA Federal Employees Additional Paid Leave

By on September 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New Law Will Give Some VA Federal Employees Additional Paid Leave

A new law will provide disabled veterans in medical positions at the VA with additional paid leave to seek medical treatment.

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Lawmakers Express Opposition to the Pay Freeze

By on September 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Express Opposition to the Pay Freeze

Several lawmakers have expressed their opposition to the proposed 2019 pay freeze and are working to implement a pay raise instead.

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Bill Would Restore ALJs to Competitive Service

By on September 9, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Bill Would Restore ALJs to Competitive Service

Recently introduced legislation would overturn one of President Trump’s executive orders and restore ALJs to the competitive service process.

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2020 Census Will Be Offered Online

By on September 8, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
2020 Census Will Be Offered Online

The upcoming census will be offered online which presents new challenges, but the Census Bureau says it has been successful in addressing them.

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Federal Benefits Open Season Coming This Fall

By on September 6, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Benefits Open Season Coming This Fall

The annual open season for selecting your 2019 federal benefits will take place this fall. This is some important initial information for you to know.

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Despite More Incoming Claims, OPM Manages to Reduce Retirement Backlog in August

By on September 5, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Despite More Incoming Claims, OPM Manages to Reduce Retirement Backlog in August

OPM’s retirement backlog saw a noticeable improvement in August versus July despite more incoming claims.

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EPA Protective Services Costs Ballooned Under Pruitt’s Tenure

By on September 4, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Protective Services Costs Ballooned Under Pruitt’s Tenure

A new IG report found that costs for providing security to former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt soared during his tenure.

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Postal Employee Charged with Racking Up Over $160k in False Disability Claims

By on September 2, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Employee Charged with Racking Up Over $160k in False Disability Claims

A Postal employee has been arrested on allegations that he claimed to be totally disabled, yet spent five days a week running flea markets.

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