Ian Smith

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

Issa Introduces Postal Reform Act

By on June 23, 2011 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced legislation to implement sweeping, structural reforms and prevent a potential taxpayer bailout of the Postal Service.

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AFGE Announces It Will Represent the TSA

By on June 23, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Transportation Security Administration employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees as their exclusive union representative with a 8903-8447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union.

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Senators Introduce Bill to Reduce Federal Vehicle Fleet By 20%

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

Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced a bill that would reduce the amount the federal government can spend on buying and leasing non-essential vehicles.

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Congressional Leaders Call for Investigation of TSA Screening Incident in Honolulu

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

Representatives John Mica (R-FL) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) have requested an IG investigation of the recent TSA security screening incident at Honolulu International Airport that had called for 36 TSA workers to be fired and 12 others to be suspended.

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Proposed Legislation Would Make Use of Border Tunnels a Conspiracy Offense

By on June 21, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Proposed legislation introduced in the Senate that builds upon the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006 seeks to make the use, construction, or financing of a border tunnel a conspiracy offense.

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There’s a Law for That: Lawmakers Target Smartphones with Proposed Legislation

By on June 15, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

As smartphones become more prevalent in our everyday lives, lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned that their use may be putting consumers at risk and have begun crafting legislation to regulate the use of the devices.

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Balanced Budget Amendment

By on June 15, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to restore fiscal responsibility to federal government spending.

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Senator Mikulski Objects to Use of Federal Employees' Pension Funds in Debt Reduction Negotiations

By on June 13, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner urging him to take federal employees’ pension funds off of the list of available resources used to prevent the country from defaulting on its debt obligations.

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A Generation of Spendthrifts? Study Shows Young Adults Empowered by Debt

By on June 11, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

A recent study conducted at Ohio State University found that young adults aged 18 to 27 are not only not bothered by accumulating debt, but that they actually feel empowered by it.

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Preserving Your Job and and Your Reputation in the Internet Era

By on June 9, 2011 in Current Events, Leadership with 0 Comments

The recent scandal with Congressman Weiner over his Twitter photos is a stark reminder of how badly things can go awry if our personal information gets into the wrong hands. The author offers some advice to Facebook users on ways to keep their profile data under their control.

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