Ian Smith

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

Another House Committee Probes EPA Administrator’s First Class Travel

By on February 22, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Another House Committee Probes EPA Administrator’s First Class Travel

Another lawmaker is asking questions about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s frequent first class trips.

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House Democrats Seeking Information on Pruitt’s First Class Flights

By on February 20, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Democrats Seeking Information on Pruitt’s First Class Flights

Some Democrats in the House want to know why EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been taking so many first-class flights.

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OPM Addresses Pay for Federal Employees Affected by the Last Shutdown

By on February 16, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Addresses Pay for Federal Employees Affected by the Last Shutdown

The Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance for handling pay for federal employees impacted by the brief shutdown in early February.

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IRS Still Giving Bonuses to Employees with Tax Compliance and Conduct Problems

By on February 16, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
IRS Still Giving Bonuses to Employees with Tax Compliance and Conduct Problems

A new IG report finds that despite some improvements, the IRS is still paying bonuses to employees with tax compliance and workplace conduct issues.

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IG: VA Secretary Misused Government Resources on Overseas Trip

By on February 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
IG: VA Secretary Misused Government Resources on Overseas Trip

A VA Inspector General’s report found an overseas trip taken by the agency Secretary to have fun afoul of ethics regulations.

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When Could Your Use of Social Media Violate the Hatch Act?

By on February 14, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
When Could Your Use of Social Media Violate the Hatch Act?

The Office of Special Counsel has issued new guidelines to help federal employees understand how to stay within Hatch Act guidelines when using social media.

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Postal Reform Needed to Avoid a ‘Taxpayer Funded Bailout’

By on February 13, 2018 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Postal Reform Needed to Avoid a ‘Taxpayer Funded Bailout’

The White House’s 2019 budget proposal addresses the ailing financial condition of the Postal Service, saying that reforms are necessary going forward.

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Legislation Introduced to ‘SCRAP’ Certain Lifetime Congressional Benefits

By on February 13, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to ‘SCRAP’ Certain Lifetime Congressional Benefits

Two Congressmen want to see some of the lifetime benefits given to lawmakers taken away and have introduced a bill to do just that.

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The Rumor was True: FY 2019 Budget Proposes Pay Freeze

By on February 12, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Rumor was True: FY 2019 Budget Proposes Pay Freeze

Rumors that surfaced last year about a pay freeze in the White House’s budget proposal turned out to be true.

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Substantial Cuts to Federal Employee Benefits Proposed in FY 2019 Budget

By on February 12, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Substantial Cuts to Federal Employee Benefits Proposed in FY 2019 Budget

As anticipated, the FY 2019 budget proposal from the White House outlines proposed benefits changes for federal employees. Here is a summary.

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