Ian Smith

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

Unions Sue VA Over Official Time Restrictions

By on November 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Unions Sue VA Over Official Time Restrictions

Federal employee unions have filed a lawsuit against the VA over restrictions the agency placed on the use of official time.

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Postal Service Now Going on 12 Years of Losses

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Now Going on 12 Years of Losses

The Postal Service has suffered 12 straight years of net losses with the announcement of its FY 2018 financial results.

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3 Years After Data Breaches, OPM Still Has Security Deficiencies

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
3 Years After Data Breaches, OPM Still Has Security Deficiencies

Over 3 years after the data breaches were reported at OPM, the agency still has not made a number of recommended security improvements.

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VA Launches Revamped Website

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Launches Revamped Website

The VA launched a new website this week as part of the agency’s digital modernization effort that it says puts a focus on customer support.

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The 2018 Open Season is Underway

By on November 12, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The 2018 Open Season is Underway

The 2018 open season is officially underway. Here is some important information to help you prepare for making your benefits selections.

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Most Military Retirees to See Pay Increase in 2019

By on November 8, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Most Military Retirees to See Pay Increase in 2019

Most military retirees will see a pay increase next year thanks to a cost of living adjustment.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Spikes 12% in October

By on November 8, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Spikes 12% in October

Thanks to receiving over 9,000 new applications, OPM’s retirement backlog grew considerably in October.

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Taxpayers Have a New Guide to the Tax Law Changes

By on November 7, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Taxpayers Have a New Guide to the Tax Law Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act modified tax rules starting in 2018. This new guide from the IRS alerts individual taxpayers to important changes.

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Former Federal Employee Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

By on November 6, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former Federal Employee Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

A former federal employee with the VA and OPM will be serving time in prison for stealing from a veteran and fraudulently obtaining disability benefits.

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No, ICE Will Not Be Patrolling Voting Locations on Election Day

By on November 5, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
No, ICE Will Not Be Patrolling Voting Locations on Election Day

Rumors that ICE will be patrolling polling places on election day have surfaced, but the agency says they are false.

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