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 Allow USPS to Offer Buyouts to Reduce Its Workforce

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

A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation designed to save the Postal Service from its dire financial state.

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Legislation Introduced to Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

By on November 2, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced legislation designed to strengthen provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act for federal employees who expose abuse, mismanagement, or criminal activity in federal agencies and programs.

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20% of TSP Participants Have a Loan Against Their Accounts

By on October 28, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

According to data recently released from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board for August, approximately one in every five TSP participants has a loan outstanding against his or her account.

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New Book Aims to Help You Make Money in the TSP

By on October 27, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

A recently published book aims to help federal employees understand the Thrift Savings Plan and how to better save for their retirement.

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Perry: Freeze Federal Civilian Hiring and Salaries Until Budget is Balanced

By on October 25, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry has released his plan for cutting federal spending and reducing the deficit. It contains some proposals that are likely to be of interest to federal employees.

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More Saving Opportunities for Retirement: TSP Contribution Limits Going Up

By on October 24, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

TSP participants will have more room to save for retirement with the annual contribution limits for the TSP increasing to $17,000 per year in 2012.

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How to Calculate Your 2012 COLA Payment

By on October 21, 2011 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The COLA percentage amount for both FERS and CSRS was announced on October 19. OPM has issued official guidelines on how to calculate your COLA increase.

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Veterans May Receive 3.6% COLA

By on October 20, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has put forth legislation that passed the Senate that would give veterans a 3.6% COLA to match that of Social Security recipients.

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"Plan to Restore America" Would Cut Federal Workforce by 10%

By on October 19, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul recently released his “Plan to Restore America” as part of his campaign. It contains a myriad of spending cuts, some of which are directly related to federal employees.

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House Oversight Committee Recommends Extending Pay Freeze for 3 More Years

By on October 17, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

At the end of last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “super committee”) recommending that it adopt some specific cuts to the federal workforce.

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