Ian Smith

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

AFGE Lawsuit Says Federal Employees Can’t Be Forced to Work During Shutdown

By on April 8, 2011 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

AFGE filed a lawsuit today against the government which claims that requiring federal employees to work during a shutdown without pay is a violation of the Constitution.

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Bill Proposed to Guarantee Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Federal Employees

By on April 7, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Rep Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced legislation that would guarantee retroactive pay for federal employees who are furloughed in the event of a government shutdown.

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White House Wants Furloughed Employees to Get Back Pay

By on April 7, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The White House is now on the record as being in favor of reimbursing federal employees’ pay in the event of a shutdown.

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"No Budget, No Pay"

By on April 7, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has pledged to forego his salary if a shutdown occurs and is urging his colleagues to do the same.

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"The Path to Prosperity" (And a Five-Year Pay Freeze)

By on April 5, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The House Budget Committee has released its proposed budget for FY 2012. Among other cuts to government, the proposed budget suggests a pay freeze for federal employees and an increase in the amount they have to pay for their pension benefits.

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Proposed Amendment Would Cut Off Pay for Congress During Shutdown

By on April 2, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) has proposed legislation that would prevent members of the Congress and the President from taking a paycheck if the government shuts down.

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Should the Use of Advanced Imaging Machines be Restricted? Two Congressmen Think So

By on March 31, 2011 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The use of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines by the TSA in airports around the country has been a controversial issue. Security and health concerns have been expressed about the use of the machines, while others think the machines make flying safer. Two Congressmen are sponsoring legislation to restrict use of the machines in airports.

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TSA Considering ‘Trusted Traveler’ Program to Expedite Security Screening

By on March 24, 2011 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Air travel security has become time consuming and cumbersome with the TSA regulations for screening passengers. However, the TSA has begun considering a “trusted traveler” program recommended by the US Travel Association that would pre-screen passengers via background checks that would enable them to bypass a lot of the extra security screenings.

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Fiscal Commission Part 2: Bipartisan Group of Senators Asks for President’s Support in Debt Reduction

By on March 18, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Fiscal Commission was a bipartisan group created by President Obama to look for ways to reduce the growing federal deficit. A bipartisan group of Senators appears to be working on its own debt reduction plan and cites the Fiscal Commission as its plan’s basis.

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Your Take – Will There be a Government Shutdown?

By on February 25, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

We recently asked readers in a non-scientific poll if they thought a government shutdown would take place. The results were generally not very upbeat.

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