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 Give Federal Employees 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

By on April 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senate Bill Would Give Federal Employees 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

Legislation introduced in the Senate would give federal employees 12 weeks of paid family leave.

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Bill Would Pool DoD Employees’ Unused Leave for Family and Medical Use

By on April 11, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Pool DoD Employees’ Unused Leave for Family and Medical Use

A new bill would pool unused leave among DoD employees to to go towards family and medical leave purposes.

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WikiLeaks Founder Charged with Conspiracy to Hack DoD Computer

By on April 11, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
WikiLeaks Founder Charged with Conspiracy to Hack DoD Computer

The Justice Department announced that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to hack a government computer.

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Man Pretends to Be His Dead Sister to Steal VA Benefits

By on April 9, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Man Pretends to Be His Dead Sister to Steal VA Benefits

A Connecticut man pleaded guilty to stealing over $70,000 in benefits payments from the VA by posing as his dead sister.

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Despite More New Claims Than Usual, Retirement Backlog Improves

By on April 5, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Despite More New Claims Than Usual, Retirement Backlog Improves

Despite more incoming claims than usual in March, OPM was able to make a sizable reduction to the retirement backlog.

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House Dems Ask to Block Funding for OPM Reorganization

By on April 5, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
House Dems Ask to Block Funding for OPM Reorganization

A group of House Democrats have asked to block funding for the Trump administration’s proposal to reorganize OPM.

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Are ID Monitoring Services Worth the Money?

By on April 4, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Are ID Monitoring Services Worth the Money?

A new report from GAO calls into question the effectiveness of identity theft protection services.

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Effect of the Retroactive Pay Raise on the TSP

By on April 4, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Effect of the Retroactive Pay Raise on the TSP

The TSP has issued a short memo for agency payroll offices regarding the impact of the retroactive pay raise.

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Bills Introduced to Safeguard Insurance Benefits During Shutdowns

By on April 3, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bills Introduced to Safeguard Insurance Benefits During Shutdowns

A pair of bills have been introduced to with the intention of protecting federal employees’ insurance benefits in the event of a shutdown.

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Senate Bill Would Give TSA Officers Collective Bargaining Rights

By on April 2, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Senate Bill Would Give TSA Officers Collective Bargaining Rights

Both the House and Senate have now introduced bills to give full collective bargaining rights to TSA officers.

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