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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2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

By on October 13, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

The 2018 cost of living adjustment for federal retirees will be 2%.

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2017 FEVS Results Show Federal Employees Increasingly Satisfied With Pay, Work/Life Programs

By on October 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
2017 FEVS Results Show Federal Employees Increasingly Satisfied With Pay, Work/Life Programs

OPM has announced the initial results of the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

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House Committee Looking at Employee Reassignments at DOI

By on October 12, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Committee Looking at Employee Reassignments at DOI

A House Committee is requesting information on employee transfers within DOI that it says may have been done in retaliation and therefore violation of law.

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House Passes TSP Modernization Act

By on October 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
House Passes TSP Modernization Act

The House has passed legislation that would amend current law to allow federal employees to make multiple withdrawals from the TSP.

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OGE Reminds Agency Leaders to Promote an ‘Ethical Culture’

By on October 11, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OGE Reminds Agency Leaders to Promote an ‘Ethical Culture’

The Office of Government Ethics is reminding agency leaders to ensure they act in ways that will not erode the trust of the American public.

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Slight Reduction Made in Retirement Backlog in September

By on October 5, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Slight Reduction Made in Retirement Backlog in September

OPM made slight progress in reducing the backlog of outstanding retirement claims in September.

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TSP Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules for Hurricane Maria Victims

By on October 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules for Hurricane Maria Victims

The TSP is temporarily relaxing its hardship withdrawal rules to help federal employees impacted by Hurricane Maria.

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How Much Are Your FEHB Premiums Increasing in 2018?

By on October 4, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Much Are Your FEHB Premiums Increasing in 2018?

The enrollees’ share of FEHB premiums will be increasing by an average of 6.1% in 2018 according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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How FedSmith.com Readers Utilize the TSP: FERS vs. CSRS

By on October 3, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How FedSmith.com Readers Utilize the TSP: FERS vs. CSRS

What are the similarities and differences in how FedSmith.com readers under FERS and CSRS use their TSP accounts? See how our latest survey results came out.

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Federal Employees Should Prepare for New Mandatory Opioid Drug Testing

By on October 2, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Should Prepare for New Mandatory Opioid Drug Testing

New mandatory drug testing guidelines went into effect at the start of October to test for opioids that will affect a significant number of federal employees.

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