Ian Smith

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

Former VA Employee Indicted on Charges of Fraud, Bribery and Theft

By on November 13, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Former VA Employee Indicted on Charges of Fraud, Bribery and Theft

The Justice Department announced an indictment against a former VA employee for a scheme to steal veterans’ benefits money.

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Bill Would Allow Veterans to Contribute Disability Compensation to the TSP

By on November 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Allow Veterans to Contribute Disability Compensation to the TSP

Recently introduced legislation would give disabled veterans a new option for saving for retirement utilizing the TSP.

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Veterans are Getting a COLA for Veterans Day

By on November 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Veterans are Getting a COLA for Veterans Day

A bill recently signed into law provides a cost of living adjustment to veterans for some of their benefits.

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Senate Unveils Tax Proposal; House Tax Bill Advances

By on November 9, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senate Unveils Tax Proposal; House Tax Bill Advances

Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a tax reform bill as the House advanced its tax reform plan.

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Medical Malpractice Coverups at VA Lead to New Legislation

By on November 9, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Medical Malpractice Coverups at VA Lead to New Legislation

A media investigation highlighting serious problems at the VA has led to introduction of yet another reform bill aimed at fixing some of the agency’s problems.

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TSP Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules to Aid California Wildfire Victims

By on November 8, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules to Aid California Wildfire Victims

The TSP is temporarily relaxing its hardship withdrawal rules to help federal employees impacted by the wildfires in California.

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RFP Issued for F Fund Manager

By on November 8, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
RFP Issued for F Fund Manager

A request for proposal has been issued for a manager for the TSP’s F Fund.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Climbs 12% in October

By on November 7, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Climbs 12% in October

OPM’s retirement backlog climbed higher in October. How does this compare to the last few years?

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TSP Modernization Act Passes Congress; Heads to Trump’s Desk

By on November 7, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Modernization Act Passes Congress; Heads to Trump’s Desk

Congress has passed the TSP Modernization Act and it is now on its way to the White House.

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Is the FEHB System Killing Competition?

By on November 6, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Is the FEHB System Killing Competition?

A new GAO report shows that despite increases in available FEHB plans, enrollment is growing increasingly concentrated among the largest insurance carriers.

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