Ian Smith

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

Senate Bill Would Eliminate Congressional Pensions

By on February 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senate Bill Would Eliminate Congressional Pensions

Legislation introduced this week would end pensions for Members of Congress if it were to become law.

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OPM Renews ID Protection Services Contract with ID Experts

By on February 12, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OPM Renews ID Protection Services Contract with ID Experts

OPM announced that it has renewed a contract with ID Experts to continue providing free identity theft monitoring services for the agency’s data breaches.

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More Lawmakers Want Back Pay Plus Interest for the Shutdown

By on February 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
More Lawmakers Want Back Pay Plus Interest for the Shutdown

Companion legislation has been introduced in the House to give federal employees back pay plus interest for shutdowns.

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Which States Are Most Reliant on Federal Aid?

By on February 11, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Which States Are Most Reliant on Federal Aid?

The Tax Foundation illustrates which states’ budgets benefit the most (and least) from federal aid.

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How Does the Shutdown Impact Within-Grade Increases?

By on February 9, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
How Does the Shutdown Impact Within-Grade Increases?

OPM has released a list of frequently asked post-shutdown questions addressing various pay/benefits issues.

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Postal Service Loses $1.5 Billion in Q1

By on February 8, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Loses $1.5 Billion in Q1

The Postal Service’s financial losses continued in the first quarter of FY 2019 in which it reported a net loss of $1.5 billion.

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Lawmakers Seeking 3.6% Raise for Federal Workers in 2020

By on February 7, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Seeking 3.6% Raise for Federal Workers in 2020

Legislation has been introduced to give federal employees a 3.6% pay raise in 2020.

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No Retroactive Pay Raise Currently in the Works

By on February 7, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
No Retroactive Pay Raise Currently in the Works

Two open bills in Congress would give federal employees a raise, but neither one offers a retroactive pay increase.

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January’s Retirement Rush Not as Bad as 2018

By on February 6, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
January’s Retirement Rush Not as Bad as 2018

The usual influx of new retirements that comes in January is not as bad as it was last year, but OPM still has a bigger backlog to deal with.

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Rule Change Will Facilitate Borrowing from TSP During Shutdowns

By on February 6, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Rule Change Will Facilitate Borrowing from TSP During Shutdowns

A rule change will allow certain TSP participants to request loans during government shutdowns regardless of whether they are being paid.

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