Ian Smith

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

Legislation Introduced to Move Election Day to Weekend

By on March 10, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Two Congressmen have introduced legislation that would move election day from the first Tuesday in November to the first full weekend.

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Proposed Amendment Would Extend Pay Freeze

By on March 9, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

A one year extension of the pay freeze on federal employees has been buried in an amendment introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to the Senate Highway Bill.

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Pending Legislative Proposals Targeting Pay and Benefits

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

A number of proposals have emerged in Congress in the last several months that are aimed at federal employees, and often not in a good way. NTEU has vowed to fight Republicans in the upcoming election and has compiled a list of the legislative proposals targeting the federal workforce to help make its case.

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The Immobilized SES

By on February 28, 2012 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service has released a report documenting position mobility within the Senior Executive Service. The report findings indicate that members of the SES workforce generally remain in the same position throughout their careers even though the SES was designed to be a mobile workforce.

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Details of Pension Changes Revealed

By on February 17, 2012 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension agreement and the President is expected to sign it. But what exactly are the details of the agreement as they relate to federal pensions?

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Future Federal Employees Will See Increased Pension Contributions Under Payroll Tax Cut Deal

By on February 15, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Lawmakers have reached a final agreement on extending the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012. Part of the terms of the agreement will require future federal employees to contribute more toward their pensions to help offset the cost of extending unemployment benefits.

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The Barbershop Bailout

By on February 13, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Senate barbershop in DC used by some in Congress had a $300,000 operating deficit last year which prompted the Senate to give it some extra cash to sustain its operations. One former senator blames the shop’s federal employees for its financial problems.

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WH Budget Asks Federal Employees to Sacrifice

By on February 13, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The budget unveiled Monday by President Obama proposes to increase the contribution federal employees make towards retirement by 1.2% over three years beginning in 2013.

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Congressional Term Limits Amendment Introduced

By on February 7, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) has introduced a Constitutional Amendment that would limit the number of years a member of Congress can serve.

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House Committee Advances Federal Employee Pension Cuts Bill

By on February 7, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has advanced Congressman Dennis Ross’ (R-FL) bill which would require federal employees and members of Congress to contribute more to their pensions.

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