Ian Smith

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

Former DIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

By on March 19, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former DIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

A former DIA officer has pleaded guilty to attempted espionage due to efforts to transmit classified defense information to China.

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Bill Would Protect Federal Employees From Being Fired for Marijuana Use

By on March 19, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Bill Would Protect Federal Employees From Being Fired for Marijuana Use

New legislation would protect the jobs of federal employees who legally use marijuana under state law.

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Details Revealed on Proposed Benefits Cuts

By on March 18, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Details Revealed on Proposed Benefits Cuts

More details have been revealed about the suggested cuts to federal employees’ benefits along with the rationale for the proposals.

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Bill Would Require A/C in All Postal Trucks

By on March 18, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Should all Postal delivery vehicles be required to have air conditioning? One Congressman is pursuing it after an employee died from heat exhaustion last summer.

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Former SSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Thousands of Dollars in Benefits

By on March 18, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former SSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Thousands of Dollars in Benefits

A former employee at the Social Security Administration admitted that he used his position to steal tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.

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Benefits Cuts from 2020 Budget Mirror Past Proposals

By on March 16, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Benefits Cuts from 2020 Budget Mirror Past Proposals

Recent proposed cuts to federal employees’ benefits appear to be the same as ones from past budget proposals. Here is a recap.

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Lawmakers Continue Pushing Back Pay for Federal Contractors

By on March 15, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Continue Pushing Back Pay for Federal Contractors

A group of House lawmakers are still working to secure back pay for federal contractors from the recent government shutdown.

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Senators Ask TSA for Status on Shutdown Back Pay

By on March 14, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senators Ask TSA for Status on Shutdown Back Pay

A group of Senators are asking when some TSA employees can expect to receive back pay they are owed from the recent shutdown.

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Bad News: Tax Refunds Are Up This Year

By on March 13, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Recent IRS data show that the amount of the average tax refund has risen over last year, but is this really something to get excited about?

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DOJ: Former Border Patrol Agent Gave Drug Traffickers Keys to Border Fences

By on March 12, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
DOJ: Former Border Patrol Agent Gave Drug Traffickers Keys to Border Fences

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced for taking bribes to help drugs pass through CBP fences and security patrols.

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