Ian Smith

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

Pay/Benefits Cuts Proposed by Senate Budget Committee

By on April 17, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Fiscal Commission budget plan from last year that contained a pay freeze and workforce cuts has been brought back to life. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad said he is using it as a model for a long term budget.

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Annual Compensation of Federal Employee Advocates

By on April 11, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

How much do leaders of federal employee advocacy groups make? Recent data from the National Journal provides some answers.

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FedSmith.com Users Say They Work Harder and Earn Less Than Private Sector Workers

By on April 11, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

According to a recent national survey, a significant percentage of American adults believe that federal employees have it easier and earn more money than private sector workers. FedSmith.com users are not in agreement.

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A Wake Up Call for Federal Employees

By on April 8, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

According to one attorney who represents federal employees, the recent scandal that has plagued the General Services Administration should serve as a wake up call to federal employees who conduct business travel.

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Pay Your Taxes, or Be Confined to These United States

By on April 5, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

A provision buried inside of a federal highway bill would authorize denial, revocation, or limitation of passports of individuals who are seriously tax delinquent.

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House Approves Federal Worker Cuts, Pay Freeze

By on March 29, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The House has passed the Ryan budget plan for FY 2013 which includes extending the pay freeze until 2015, reduces the size of the federal workforce, and increases federal employees’ pension contributions.

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Groups Urge 'No' Vote on Ryan Budget Proposal

By on March 28, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Federal-Postal Coalition is urging House members to vote against the recently proposed FY 2013 budget proposal released by the House Budget Committee.

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RSC Budget Would Increase Pension Contributions

By on March 28, 2012 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The Republican Study Committee has released a budget blueprint for FY 2013 which would mandate increased pension contributions for all federal workers rather than just new hires.

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Legislation Would Merge EPA and DOE

By on March 26, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) plans to introduce legislation that would consolidate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency into a new single agency which would be called the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

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House Budget Committee Advances FY 2013 Budget Proposal

By on March 22, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the FY 2013 budget blueprint released Tuesday by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The budget contains proposed cuts to the federal workforce, increased pensions contributions, and an extended pay freeze through 2015.

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