Ian Smith

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

New TSP Hardship Withdrawal Option Likely Coming Soon

By on February 15, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New TSP Hardship Withdrawal Option Likely Coming Soon

A proposed rule would allow TSP participants to make hardship withdrawals in the event of natural disasters.

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New TSP Annuity COLA Computation Rate Coming in March

By on February 14, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
New TSP Annuity COLA Computation Rate Coming in March

TSP annuities will have a new formula used to calculate their cost of living adjustments starting this spring.

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House Bill Would Expand Paid Parental Leave to All Federal Employees

By on February 13, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
House Bill Would Expand Paid Parental Leave to All Federal Employees

A House bill would expand paid parental leave to cover some federal employees who were excluded by the new law.

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Employment Costs are Killing the Postal Service

By on February 12, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Employment Costs are Killing the Postal Service

Employment related costs make up the bulk of the Postal Service’s operating costs. A recent GAO report looks at the burden they place on the agency.

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White House Proposes 1% Pay Raise in 2021

By on February 10, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
White House Proposes 1% Pay Raise in 2021

The 2021 budget proposal from the White House includes a suggested pay raise for federal employees.

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2021 Budget Proposal Would Eliminate FERS COLA, SRS

By on February 10, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2021 Budget Proposal Would Eliminate FERS COLA, SRS

A number of reductions to federal employees’ retirement benefits have been proposed in the President’s 2021 Budget.

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DOJ: China Allegedly Behind Equifax Breach

By on February 10, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
DOJ: China Allegedly Behind Equifax Breach

The Justice Department announced that four individuals from China have been indicted for stealing Americans’ personal data in the 2017 Equifax data breach.

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OPM Outlines HR Flexibilities for the Coronavirus

By on February 10, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Outlines HR Flexibilities for the Coronavirus

OPM has provided detailed HR flexibilities that may be used on connection with the coronavirus.

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USPS Reports $748 Million Net Loss in Q1 2020

By on February 7, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
USPS Reports $748 Million Net Loss in Q1 2020

The Postal Service reported another net loss for Q1 2020, but it was actually an improvement over last year.

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Considering a Temporary Census Job? Be Sure to Read This

By on February 6, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Considering a Temporary Census Job? Be Sure to Read This

OPM has provided guidance for federal employees who plan to take part-time jobs to help out with the 2020 census.

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