Ian Smith

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

Legislation Introduced to Boost Per Diem Rates

By on June 4, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Boost Per Diem Rates

Recently introduced legislation has the potential to make next year’s per diem rates higher than they might be otherwise.

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New TSP Funds Coming July 1

By on June 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New TSP Funds Coming July 1

A group of new L Funds is coming this summer to the TSP.

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This is What Work Life Will Be Like at OPM Post Coronavirus

By on June 1, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
This is What Work Life Will Be Like at OPM Post Coronavirus

OPM has released guidelines for returning agency employees to work in their offices.

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Don’t Throw Away Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment!

By on May 30, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments

About 4 million people are getting stimulus payments on prepaid debit cards, and some have mistakenly thrown them in the trash.

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Connolly Accuses Labor Department of Overstepping its Authority on TSP’s I Fund

By on May 29, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Connolly Accuses Labor Department of Overstepping its Authority on TSP’s I Fund

The House Oversight Committee has now stepped into the ongoing political battle over the TSP’s I Fund.

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Are Whistleblowers More Likely to Be Fired if They Are Probationary Employees?

By on May 28, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Are Whistleblowers More Likely to Be Fired if They Are Probationary Employees?

A GAO report attempted to determine if whistleblowers are more likely to be fired when they are in probationary status.

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Mail Carrier Allegedly Changed Ballot Requests from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Republican’ as a ‘Joke’

By on May 27, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Mail Carrier Allegedly Changed Ballot Requests from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Republican’ as a ‘Joke’

A West Virginia mail carrier has been charged with attempted election fraud after allegedly tampering with ballot requests sent through the mail.

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How Many Coronavirus Stimulus Payments Have Been Paid by the IRS?

By on May 26, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Many Coronavirus Stimulus Payments Have Been Paid by the IRS?

The IRS has published updated data showing the total number of COVID-19 stimulus payments issued to date.

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Another Bill Would Ban Federal Employees from Using TikTok

By on May 21, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Another Bill Would Ban Federal Employees from Using TikTok

A second bill has been introduced in Congress to ban federal employees from using TikTok on government issued devices.

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Group Calls for 20% Pay Cut for All Federal Employees

By on May 20, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Group Calls for 20% Pay Cut for All Federal Employees

A group is calling for “DC politicians and bureaucrats” to take a temporary pay cut to share the economic pain from the coronavirus.

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