Ian Smith

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

VA is Banning Smoking at its Facilities

By on August 21, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA is Banning Smoking at its Facilities

The VA is moving out to ban smoking at its healthcare facilities, and a new policy will also include agency employees.

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What Would be the Financial Impact of the Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act?

By on August 17, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
What Would be the Financial Impact of the Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act?

The CBO has weighed in on legislation that would ban federal agencies from paying bonuses to federal employees under certain conditions.

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AFGE Sues OSC Over Hatch Act Restrictions

By on August 13, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
AFGE Sues OSC Over Hatch Act Restrictions

AFGE has sued OSC over its latest Hatch Act guidance for federal employees.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Paying Over $1 Million in Illegal Gratuities to VA Employee

By on August 13, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Man Pleads Guilty to Paying Over $1 Million in Illegal Gratuities to VA Employee

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to paying over $1 million to a VA employee in exchange for referrals to his company.

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USDA, IG at Odds Over Agency Relocation

By on August 12, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
USDA, IG at Odds Over Agency Relocation

The USDA IG issued a report examining the agency’s intent to relocate two subagencies outside of Washington, DC.

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Navy Says Use of Hemp, CBD Still Prohibited

By on August 11, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Navy Says Use of Hemp, CBD Still Prohibited

Despite a new law legalizing hemp and CBD products, the Navy warned that it is still prohibiting use of these products.

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Q3 Financial Results Show Continued Losses at USPS

By on August 9, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Q3 Financial Results Show Continued Losses at USPS

The Postal Service reported much higher losses over the previous year in its latest quarterly financial results.

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2020 Per Diem Rates Released

By on August 9, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2020 Per Diem Rates Released

The FY 2020 per diem rates are now available.

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Two New FEHB Plans Coming in 2020

By on August 9, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Two New FEHB Plans Coming in 2020

Two new FEHB plans will be available for federal employees during open enrollment this fall.

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FLRA Announces Appointment of New Executive Director

By on August 8, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
FLRA Announces Appointment of New Executive Director

The FLRA has named a new Executive Director.

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