Ian Smith

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

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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Report Shows Little Change in Ethnic Composition of Federal Workforce

By on March 21, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The annual report from the EEOC on the federal workforce indicates that there has been little change in the racial composition of the federal workforce, however it shows that the number of minorities landing senior level positions in the government has increased.

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Ryan Budget Blueprint Raises Pension Contributions

By on March 21, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

In addition to freezing pay through 2015 and cutting the size of the federal workforce, the budget released yesterday by the House Budget Committee would also require federal workers to pay more towards their pensions.

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GOP Budget Proposal Would Freeze Federal Pay Through 2015

By on March 20, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The GOP’s 2013 federal budget blueprint released today contains a number of proposed cuts for federal workers including a 10% reduction in the federal workforce and an extended pay freeze through 2015.

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Passenger Advocates Would Help Those Treated ‘Inappropriately’ by TSA

By on March 19, 2012 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced legislation that would create passenger advocates at the busiest airports in the country to be a go-to for passengers who feel they have been treated “inappropriately” by the TSA.

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Legislation Would Force Ethics Probe for Tax Delinquent Feds

By on March 19, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has been promoting the legislation he introduced in March that would require members of Congress as well as federal employees to disclose their delinquent federal or state tax liabilities. Anyone doing so would automatically trigger an ethics investigation as to the source of the problem.

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