Ian Smith

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

Average Monthly Retirement Case Processing Time Jumps 17% in July

By on August 5, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Average Monthly Retirement Case Processing Time Jumps 17% in July

OPM’s retirement backlog had only a small increase in July despite a much slower average claims processing time.

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Court Dismisses AFGE’s Hatch Act Lawsuit

By on August 5, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Court Dismisses AFGE’s Hatch Act Lawsuit

AFGE’s lawsuit against OSC for its recent Hatch Act guidance has been dismissed by a Maryland court.

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Senators Continue Push for More Telework

By on August 3, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Senators Continue Push for More Telework

More lawmakers are continuing to make their case for keeping federal employees on telework to protect them from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Is Telework’s Recent Success Proof That Agencies Should Be Moved Out of Washington?

By on August 3, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments

One Senator says that the success of federal employees teleworking during the pandemic is proof that federal agencies don’t need to be in the DC area.

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FedSmith Readers Say They Are Afraid to Return to Work in Their Offices

By on July 31, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
FedSmith Readers Say They Are Afraid to Return to Work in Their Offices

A majority of respondents to our latest survey say it’s too early for federal employees to stop telework and that they do not feel safe returning to the office.

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TSP Announces Rule Change on Installment Payments

By on July 31, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The TSP is lifting a restriction on starting and restarting installment payments based on life expectancy.

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Lawmakers Want Free Face Masks for All

By on July 30, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Want Free Face Masks for All

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to mandate government manufacture and distribution of face masks to everyone in the country.

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Man Arraigned for Embezzling Over $200k from His Father’s VA Account

By on July 28, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Man Arraigned for Embezzling Over $200k from His Father’s VA Account

An Atlanta man has been arraigned in court for allegations that he embezzled over $200k worth of VA funds intended for the care of his disabled father.

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Man Pretends to be Navy SEAL to Steal VA Benefits

By on July 26, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Man Pretends to be Navy SEAL to Steal VA Benefits

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to pretending to be a Navy SEAL in order to receive VA benefits to which he was not entitled.

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Lawsuit Seeking Hazard Pay for Federal Employees Over Coronavirus Gets New Plaintiffs

By on July 23, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawsuit Seeking Hazard Pay for Federal Employees Over Coronavirus Gets New Plaintiffs

A lawsuit seeking hazard pay for federal employees exposed to the coronavirus has been amended to add new plaintiffs.

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