Ian Smith

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

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The G Fund and the Debt Ceiling

By on August 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The G Fund and the Debt Ceiling

Congress is once again debating whether or not to raise the debt ceiling. Here is what this means for federal employees.

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Postal Service Reports $2.1 Billion Net Loss for Q3

By on August 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Reports $2.1 Billion Net Loss for Q3

The Postal Service posted a net loss of over $2 billion in the latest quarter and may again default on payments for future retiree health benefits.

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Details of SEC Complaint Against Brokers Allegedly Targeting TSP Investors

By on August 10, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Details of SEC Complaint Against Brokers Allegedly Targeting TSP Investors

The SEC recently charged four Atlanta area brokers with fraudulently targeting TSP investors. These are details of the formal complaint that was filed.

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VA Says It Was Forced to Rehire Fired DC Medical Director

By on August 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Says It Was Forced to Rehire Fired DC Medical Director

The MSPB has issued a stay order requiring the VA to rehire the former Washington, DC medical director that it fired in July.

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Lawmakers Want to Give Federal Employees Their Own Cyber Victim Coordinator

By on August 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Want to Give Federal Employees Their Own Cyber Victim Coordinator

Legislation has been introduced to create a new position to help federal employees who are the victims of cyber attacks. The author raises some questions that are not immediately clear from the text of the bill.

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OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Jumps 18% in July

By on August 7, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Jumps 18% in July

The retirement applications backlog at OPM increased almost 18% in July.

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Proposed Changes to the TSP

By on August 7, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Proposed Changes to the TSP

Legislation is advancing in Congress that would make changes to the TSP. Here is what this could mean for federal employees.

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GAO: OPM IT Security Still at Risk

By on August 4, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
GAO: OPM IT Security Still at Risk

According to a new GAO report, OPM has made progress in improving its information security but still has more work to do.

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OPM Begins Providing Information on 2017 Open Season

By on August 3, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Begins Providing Information on 2017 Open Season

OPM has begun providing federal employees information to help them prepare for the 2017 federal benefits open season.

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Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Proposals to Cut Federal Employees’ Benefits

By on August 2, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Proposals to Cut Federal Employees’ Benefits

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate recently sent letters expressing their concerns to proposals to cut federal employees’ benefits.

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