Ian Smith

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

The Dow Drops 512 Points; Now What?

By on August 4, 2011 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The stock market is in the midst of its biggest retreat since the financial crisis. Where is it likely to go next? Three financial experts weigh in.

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Hatch and Coburn Introduce Legislation to Cut Federal Workforce

By on August 3, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced legislation to significantly reduce both the size and scope of the federal workforce.

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Ramsey: “If I Was a Federal Worker, I’d Be Afraid”

By on July 29, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Dave Ramsey talked about the debt debate in Washington and what it might mean for federal workers.

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Congressman Wants Members of Congress to Lose Their Paychecks in Event of Default

By on July 27, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit members of Congress from being paid in the event of a default on the national debt.

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FAA to Furlough Nearly 4,000 Employees

By on July 22, 2011 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The FAA must furlough around 4,000 of its roughly 47,000 employees because Congress adjourned for the week without passing a reauthorization extension for the agency.

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FedSmith.com Readers Say TSA Procedures Make Them Less Inclined to Fly

By on July 22, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

We have posted several surveys on our site in recent weeks to get feedback from FedSmith.com site visitors as to what their flying habits are like now that the TSA’s security procedures have been in place for a while. The overwhelming theme in the responses indicated that the procedures act as a deterrent to would-be air travelers.

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Vitter: Time to Get Rid of the Presidential Coin

By on July 20, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced legislation that would terminate minting the $1 presidential coin by repealing the Presidential Dollar Coin Act of 2005.

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TSA Moves to Drop 'Naked Images' from Body Scanners

By on July 20, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Transportation Security Administration is installing new software on its Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines, also known as the body scanners, that is designed to improve individuals’ privacy by eliminating passenger specific images.

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Legislation Introduced to Block NLRB from Dictating Location of Jobs in U.S.

By on July 19, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Five Republican Congressmen have sponsored legislation that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from dictating where a private business can and cannot locate jobs in the United States.

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'Back in Black:' Plan Would Freeze Federal Employees' Pay for Three Years

By on July 18, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) has released a new report called “Back in Black” that outlines how the federal government can reduce the deficit by $9 trillion over the next ten years and balance the federal budget.

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