Ian Smith

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

Is Your Agency One of the ‘Best Places to Work?’

By on December 12, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Is Your Agency One of the ‘Best Places to Work?’

Which agencies are rated as the “best places to work” in the federal government this year?

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Congressman Wants OSC to Rescind its Latest Hatch Act Guidance

By on December 11, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Congressman Wants OSC to Rescind its Latest Hatch Act Guidance

One Congressman wants recent Hatch Act guidance from OSC rescinded, saying it could “have a chilling impact on federal employees.”

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IG Labels CSRS Improper Payments ‘High-Risk’

By on December 8, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
IG Labels CSRS Improper Payments ‘High-Risk’

A recent OPM Inspector General’s report said that improper payments made under federal employee retirement systems represent a “high risk.”

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Apple Launches Discount Program for Veterans and Military

By on December 7, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Apple Launches Discount Program for Veterans and Military

Apple has launched a discount program for active duty military and veterans with discounts on many of its products including iPhone and Apple Watches.

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No Shutdown for Now, But What About a Pay Raise?

By on December 6, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
No Shutdown for Now, But What About a Pay Raise?

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill to avoid a partial shutdown. Where does this leave the possibility of a pay raise?

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Despite More New Claims Than Usual, Retirement Backlog Drops in November

By on December 6, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Despite More New Claims Than Usual, Retirement Backlog Drops in November

Despite a higher number of new claims in the month than usual, OPM made a modest reduction in November’s retirement backlog.

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TSP Announces End of Year Processing Schedule

By on December 6, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Announces End of Year Processing Schedule

The Thrift Savings Plan has announced its year-end processing schedule with details on how transactions will be handled as 2018 draws to a close.

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Task Force Recommends No More Pay Bargaining for USPS

By on December 5, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Task Force Recommends No More Pay Bargaining for USPS

The Postal Service Task Force suggests changes such as reforming pay and adding new revenue streams to shore up the agency’s ailing finances.

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OPM Addresses How Pay Will Work for Tomorrow’s Holiday

By on December 4, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Addresses How Pay Will Work for Tomorrow’s Holiday

OPM has provided detailed guidance on pay and leave for the upcoming holiday honoring former President George H.W. Bush.

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Post Office, Stock Market Among Closures for Tomorrow’s Holiday Honoring Former President Bush

By on December 4, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Post Office, Stock Market Among Closures for Tomorrow’s Holiday Honoring Former President Bush

Wednesday, December 5th, has been declared a day of mourning by President Trump. Most federal employees will be excused from work, including the Postal Service.

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