Ian Smith

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

TSP Modernization Act is Now Law

By on November 20, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Modernization Act is Now Law

The TSP Modernization Act, a bill allowing federal employees to make multiple age-based or post-separation withdrawals from the TSP, has now become law.

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EPA Paid Almost $700k for Parking Spaces That Went Unused

By on November 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Paid Almost $700k for Parking Spaces That Went Unused

A recent IG report found that the EPA paid almost $700,000 for subsidized employee parking spaces that went unused over a two year period.

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Bill Would Require Agencies to Pay Accrued Interest Resulting from Veterans’ Pension Payment Errors

By on November 17, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Require Agencies to Pay Accrued Interest Resulting from Veterans’ Pension Payment Errors

Recently introduced legislation would protect veterans from having to pay back interest resulting from agency mistakes in the calculation of certain benefits.

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Hatch Drops Catch-Up Contributions Amendment from Senate Tax Bill

By on November 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Hatch Drops Catch-Up Contributions Amendment from Senate Tax Bill

An amendment to the Senate’s tax reform bill that had the potential to impact federal employees who invest in the TSP has been taken off the table.

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More Tuition Discounts Available for Federal Employees

By on November 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
More Tuition Discounts Available for Federal Employees

OPM has announced the addition of four new academic institutions to its tuition discount program for federal employees.

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Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

By on November 15, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Who is the Highest Paid ‘Federal Employee’ in America?

Who is the highest paid “federal employee” in the country, and what is his annual salary?

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Postal Service Reports $2.7 Billion Net Loss in 2017

By on November 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Reports $2.7 Billion Net Loss in 2017

The Postal Service suffered a large net loss for FY 2017, although it was somewhat of an improvement over the previous fiscal year.

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Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than They Can Be Hired

By on November 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than They Can Be Hired

A recent GAO report said that the Border Patrol is losing agents faster on average than it can hire new ones.

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Are You Ready for Open Season?

By on November 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Are You Ready for Open Season?

The 2017 federal benefits Open Season is now underway. Here is some information that can help you in evaluating your benefits decisions.

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Proposed Amendment Would Eliminate Current TSP Catch Up Contributions

By on November 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Proposed Amendment Would Eliminate Current TSP Catch Up Contributions

A proposed amendment to the Senate’s tax reform bill would eliminate current retirement savings catch-up contributions.

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