Ian Smith

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

FRTIB Proposes Simplifying TSP Catch-Up Contribution Process

By on January 25, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
FRTIB Proposes Simplifying TSP Catch-Up Contribution Process

A proposed rule aims to simplify the catch-up contribution process for the TSP.

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Former VBA Employee Sentenced for Illegally Accessing Veterans’ Records

By on January 24, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former VBA Employee Sentenced for Illegally Accessing Veterans’ Records

A former federal employee with the Veterans Benefits Administration has been sentenced to prison for illegally accessing veterans’ medical records.

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Should Agencies be Required to Use Zero-Emission Vehicles?

By on January 23, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Should Agencies be Required to Use Zero-Emission  Vehicles?

One lawmaker wants to require federal agencies to only purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles for their fleets.

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DOT Proposes Banning ‘Emotional Support Animals’ on Airplanes

By on January 22, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
DOT Proposes Banning ‘Emotional Support Animals’ on Airplanes

The Transportation Department has proposed a rule change that would limit the practice of bringing untrained animals onto airplanes.

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Confirmation Process of Political Appointees Now Takes Longer Than Ever

By on January 22, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Confirmation Process of Political Appointees Now Takes Longer Than Ever

Results from a new study show that the Senate confirmation process of political appointees now take longer than ever before.

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What Effect Does Automatic Enrollment Have on TSP Savings Habits?

By on January 21, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What Effect Does Automatic Enrollment Have on TSP Savings Habits?

A recent CBO report looks at the impact the government match and automatic enrollment have on federal employees’ savings habits in the TSP.

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Bill Would Publicize Tax Debts of Federal Employees

By on January 17, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Publicize Tax Debts of Federal Employees

Legislation has been introduced to make the tax debts of federal employees and retirees public information.

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Waste Treatment Plant Tour Leads to Hatch Act Violation

By on January 17, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Waste Treatment Plant Tour Leads to Hatch Act Violation

Despite warnings not to do so, an Energy Department employee gave a tour of a waste treatment plant to a Congressional candidate that resulted in a Hatch Act violation.

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Where are Americans Moving?

By on January 16, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Where are Americans Moving?

Recent data show which states are gaining and losing population which can have an implication for Congressional seats in the upcoming census.

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New Details Clarify Which Federal Employees are Excluded from Paid Parental Leave

By on January 15, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New Details Clarify Which Federal Employees are Excluded from Paid Parental Leave

Additional details have been released clarifying which federal employees would be excluded from the new paid parental leave benefit.

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