Ian Smith

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

OPM: Coronavirus Won’t Delay Open Season

September 1, 2020 3:44 PM
OPM: Coronavirus Won’t Delay Open Season

OPM said that this year’s Open Season will take place as scheduled despite the coronavirus.

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Will the Payroll Tax Deferral Apply to Federal Employees?

August 31, 2020 6:58 PM
Will the Payroll Tax Deferral Apply to Federal Employees?

It appears some federal employees will have withholding of their payroll taxes deferred under a new executive order. Here’s what we know.

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NASA Moves to Ensure Planetary Nebulas Are Diverse and Inclusive

August 31, 2020 11:17 AM
NASA Moves to Ensure Planetary Nebulas Are Diverse and Inclusive

NASA said that it is renaming some planetary nebulas in space “as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

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Report: Nearly Half of Postal Service Employees Had ‘Unauthorized Overtime’ Last Year

August 27, 2020 3:46 PM
Report: Nearly Half of Postal Service Employees Had ‘Unauthorized Overtime’ Last Year

An IG report found that the Postal Service has a growing problem with costs stemming from what it calls “unauthorized overtime.”

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Report: Agencies Can Take Their Own Actions to Improve Hiring

August 27, 2020 8:25 AM
Report: Agencies Can Take Their Own Actions to Improve Hiring

A new report says that although the federal government has a cumbersome hiring process that needs revamping, agencies can take their own actions to make bolster recruiting.

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Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase for Christmas Season

August 17, 2020 10:24 AM
Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase for Christmas Season

The Postal Service is planning a temporary price increase this fall for domestic commercial parcels.

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No Major Changes in 2021 Per Diem Rates

August 14, 2020 4:05 PM
No Major Changes in 2021 Per Diem Rates

GSA has released the per diem rates for fiscal year 2021.

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Postal Service Becomes Pawn in New Political Battle

August 13, 2020 2:49 PM
Postal Service Becomes Pawn in New Political Battle

What to do about funding the ailing Postal Service has become fodder for a political fight between Democrats and Republicans.

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Additional Dental and Vision Carriers Coming in 2021

August 12, 2020 1:44 PM
Additional Dental and Vision Carriers Coming in 2021

OPM has announced additional dental and vision carriers for the FEDVIP program beginning in 2021.

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Senators Introduce a Second Bill in Push to Expand Telework

August 12, 2020 11:56 AM
Senators Introduce a Second Bill in Push to Expand Telework

Three Senators are making a second legislative push to expand telework for federal employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

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