Ian Smith

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

Preserving Your Job and and Your Reputation in the Internet Era

By on June 9, 2011 in Current Events, Leadership with 0 Comments

The recent scandal with Congressman Weiner over his Twitter photos is a stark reminder of how badly things can go awry if our personal information gets into the wrong hands. The author offers some advice to Facebook users on ways to keep their profile data under their control.

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GPO Wants to Offer Buyouts to 15% of Its Personnel

By on June 7, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Government Printing Office published notice of its plan to send a request to Congress and OPM for buyout authority for 330 of its employees.

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Grim Outlook for Social Security in 2011 OASDI Annual Report

By on June 4, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The House Subcommittee on Social Security recently examined the 2011 Annual Report of the Social Security Board of Trustees that was released in late May and released some of the highlights that were found.

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Rep. Chaffetz Introduces Bill to Check NLRB's Litigation Powers

By on June 3, 2011 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced a bill intended to rein in the litigation power of the National Labor Relations Board.

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Study: Women Generally Less Satisfied Than Men with Respect to Federal Employment

By on May 24, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service, in conjunction with Deloitte, has released the results of an analysis done on OPM’s 2010 employee survey which revealed that, overall, women are slightly less satisfied than men in nine out of ten workplace categories.

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It's Official: Two Year Pay Freeze for Postal Workers

By on May 24, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

As the Postal Service continues to struggle with financial losses, it has come to an agreement with the American Postal Workers Union on a tentative March 14 labor agreement that will save $3.8 billion, largely via pay and benefits cuts.

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Postal Service Facing Default on Future Retiree Health Benefits Payments

By on May 17, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified before a Senate subcommittee on May 17 that in its current financial state, the Post Office does not have the funds necessary to make a $5.5 billion pre-payment for retiree benefits due later this year.

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FedSmith.com Readers Talk about Why They Work for the Government

By on May 14, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

We recently asked FedSmith.com readers why they work for the federal government and received a wide variety of answers.

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Man’s Best Friend (Unless you Work for the Postal Service)

By on May 12, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Postal Service has released statistics for 2010 highlighting the worst cities for dog attacks on mail carriers.

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Pass a Budget, or Forego Your Salary

By on April 13, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) has introduced the Congressional Pay Accountability Act which, if passed, would require members of Congress to pass a budget before they could be paid.

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