Ian Smith

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

OPM: NSPS Is Officially Dead

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

The Office of Personnel Management recently released a memo that officially removes the Department of Defense and Office of Personnel Management regulations concerning the National Security Personnel System (NSPS).

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Proposed Pay Increase for Federal Workers in 2013

By on January 6, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The White House intends to propose a 0.5% pay increase for civilian federal employees in 2013.

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New Performance Appraisal System Announced for SES

By on January 6, 2012 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

OPM Director John Berry and OMB Deputy Director for Management and Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients recently announced a new performance appraisal system for members of the Senior Executive Service.

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Nominations Being Accepted for Annual 'Sammies' Awards

By on January 4, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Partnership for Public Service announced today that nominations are open for the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals. Nominations may be submitted through January 18, 2012.

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2012 Paid Federal Holidays

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

Current federal employees get ten official holidays in 2012 as defined by OPM.

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Study: Older Americans Expect to Work Longer; Many Expect to Never Retire

By on December 30, 2011 in Retirement with 0 Comments

According to a recent study done by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the recent recession has left older Americans in the workforce expecting to work longer or even to never retire.

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The Most Popular Articles of 2011

By on December 29, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The end of the year is often a time for reflection. We like to do that at FedSmith, so this is the time of year when we take a look at which of our articles were the most popular among our site visitors.

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2012 Pay Rates Released

By on December 27, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

OPM has released the 2012 General Schedule pay rates. FedSmith.com has also updated our pay calculator to reflect the new rates.

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Extended Pay Freeze Spared For Now

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

The heated debates in Congress over extending the payroll tax cut have come to a temporary end just in time for Christmas. Absent from the current agreement: a one year extension of the pay freeze and modifications to the federal retirement system.

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How Much Money Are You Losing Under the Pay Freeze?

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

A union has recently published a pay freeze calculator that purports to let federal employees determine how much money they are losing under a two or three year pay freeze based on their current annual salaries.

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