Ian Smith

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

Norton Continues Push for Lifetime ID Theft Protection

By on July 14, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Norton Continues Push for Lifetime ID Theft Protection

One Congresswoman has been continuing efforts for several years now to give free lifetime identity theft protection to OPM data breach victims.

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Defense Spending Bill Passes House with Provisions for Federal Employees

By on July 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Defense Spending Bill Passes House with Provisions for Federal Employees

The House passed a defense spending bill that contains some provisions that would impact federal employees.

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No Citizenship Question Will Be on the 2020 Census

By on July 11, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
No Citizenship Question Will Be on the 2020 Census

The Trump administration abandoned efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census and is instead taking an alternate route to gather the information.

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Former State Department Employee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring with Chinese Spies

By on July 10, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former State Department Employee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring with Chinese Spies

A former State Department employee is going to prison after pleading guilty to taking gifts from Chinese agents in return for giving them government documents.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Grows 7% in June

By on July 5, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Grows 7% in June

Thanks to the smallest number of claims processed in a month so far this year, the retirement backlog at OPM grew in June.

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VA Will Now Allow Religious Symbols in its Facilities

By on July 5, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Will Now Allow Religious Symbols in its Facilities

The VA announced that it will allow religious displays in its facilities “to protect religious liberty for Veterans and families while ensuring inclusivity and nondiscrimination.”

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Government to Print 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question

By on July 2, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Government to Print 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question

The Trump administration reportedly abandoned efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but the president has said it’s still on the table.

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Senate Report Finds Security Failures at Federal Agencies are Leaving Personal Data Vulnerable

By on July 1, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senate Report Finds Security Failures at Federal Agencies are Leaving Personal Data Vulnerable

A new Senate committee report highlights ongoing problems at federal agencies that are leaving Americans’ personal data vulnerable.

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Maloney Continues Push to Give Paid Family Leave to Federal Employees

By on June 28, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Maloney Continues Push to Give Paid Family Leave to Federal Employees

A renewed effort to give federal employees paid family leave has emerged in the House, this time as part of a larger military spending bill.

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Supreme Court Says Citizenship Question Cannot Go on 2020 Census, For Now

By on June 27, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Says Citizenship Question Cannot Go on 2020 Census, For Now

The Supreme Court has issued a decision on the debate over adding a citizenship status question to the upcoming census.

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