Ian Smith

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

Proposed Legislation Would Temporarily End Step Increases

By on February 3, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) has introduced legislation that would prohibit step increases for federal employees through the end of 2012. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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Senate Bill Would Extend Pay Freeze Through June 2014

By on February 2, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Not to be outdone by the House, a group of Senators has introduced legislation that would extend the pay freeze on federal employees. The bill would also cut the size of the federal workforce through attrition.

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House Passes Pay Freeze Extension – How Did Reps Vote?

By on February 2, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The House voted late Wednesday to extend the pay freeze on federal employees and members of Congress for one year. How did each individual Representative vote?

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Annual Salaries of Congress and Congressional Officials

By on February 2, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

What are the annual salaries of members of Congress and Congressional officials? With the approval ratings of Congress at record lows, many Americans may want to know if they are getting their money’s worth from members of Congress.

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South Carolina: Retirement Haven or Tax Trap?

By on February 1, 2012 in Retirement with 0 Comments

If you are at or nearing retirement in your federal career, you may be thinking of relocating to a new state. South Carolina is a state that often attracts newcomers with its mild weather, attractive cities, and lots or recreational activities, but look closely at the state’s income tax structure before taking the relocation plunge.

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CBO: Federal Compensation 16% Higher Than Private Sector

By on January 30, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office has released a study comparing pay and benefits of federal workers to workers in the private sector across wages, benefits and total compensation (wages plus benefits). On average, federal employees came out ahead in each case.

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Dems: It Would Be 'Unfair and Illogical' to Target Federal Workers in Payroll Tax Cut Deal

By on January 25, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

17 Democrats in Congress sent a letter urging the conference committee considering legislation to extend the payroll tax cut through 2012 to oppose any additional cuts to the pay or benefits of Federal employees as part of the deal.

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Chaffetz: Federal Employees Who Don't Pay Their Taxes 'Should Be Fired'

By on January 24, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed his disappointment in a recent statement about the 3% increase in the amount of tax delinquent debt incurred by federal employees and reiterated the need to pass his proposed legislation that would terminate federal employees with serious delinquent tax debt.

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Hearing on Reforming Federal Pensions Announced

By on January 21, 2012 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) recently announced that he will hold a hearing to explore options for reforming the entire federal pension system to bring it more in line with the private sector.

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GSA: Mileage Reimbursement Rates Stay Put

By on January 16, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

GSA’s annual review of mileage reimbursement rates for personal vehicles has concluded that the rate will remain unchanged at $0.51 per mile.

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