Ian Smith

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

Five-Year Pay Freeze for Federal Employees?

By on January 20, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The Republican Study Committee released its recommendations for ways to cut government spending by up to $2.5 trillion over 10 years. Some of the proposed cuts, if enacted, would directly affect federal employees.

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The Power of Discussion

By on December 26, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The readers’ comments on articles and headlines are one of the most popular features on the FedSmith.com site. We have made changes to this feature to make the commenting process more interactive and encourage communication among our users.

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It Pays to be President

By on December 15, 2010 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The president’s annual salary hasn’t increased for several years, but there are a number of other benefits that come with the job.

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TSA on X-Ray Machines: They're Safe

By on December 13, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

There has been controversy surrounding the TSA’s use of body scanners in airport security, in part due to questions about the safety of radiation emitted from the machines. The TSA recently published some data on the radiation safety levels of their x-ray equipment.

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President Obama Signs Telework Bill Into Law

By on December 9, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

HR 1722 was signed into law by President Obama Thursday afternoon. Also known as the Telework Enhancement Act, the bill aims to increase the work-at-home opportunities for federal employees.

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Annual Pay Freeze for Congress? Done!

By on December 9, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Many readers have been asking why members of Congress don’t freeze their own annual raises since federal employees are facing a potential pay freeze. It may make some readers feel better to know that Congress has already frozen its pay for FY 2011.

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Commission Fails to Get Votes to Move Deficit Recommendations to Congress

By on December 3, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform members failed to get the number of votes needed to send the deficit reduction plan they released earlier in the week to Congress for a vote.

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Commission Proposes ‘High-Three’ to ‘High-Five’ for Retirement, Pay Freeze and Changes to FEHB for Federal Employees

By on December 1, 2010 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has issued its report on ways to reduce the deficit and federal spending. Here are some of the key points in the report that are likely to be of most interest to readers.

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How Much Money Do White House Staff Members Earn?

By on November 29, 2010 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how much money the staff at the White House earns? We’ve compiled highlights from the 2010 White House annual report.

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President Obama Proposes Freeze on Federal Civilian Employee Pay for 2 Years

By on November 29, 2010 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

President Obama will announce a 2 year freeze on federal employee pay to affect all civilian employees.

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