Ian Smith

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

President Obama Signs Telework Bill Into Law

By on December 9, 2010 4:42 PM in Current Events with 0 Comments

HR 1722 was signed into law by President Obama Thursday afternoon. Also known as the Telework Enhancement Act, the bill aims to increase the work-at-home opportunities for federal employees.

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Annual Pay Freeze for Congress? Done!

By on December 9, 2010 2:50 PM in Current Events with 0 Comments

Many readers have been asking why members of Congress don’t freeze their own annual raises since federal employees are facing a potential pay freeze. It may make some readers feel better to know that Congress has already frozen its pay for FY 2011.

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Commission Fails to Get Votes to Move Deficit Recommendations to Congress

By on December 3, 2010 12:09 PM in Current Events with 0 Comments

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform members failed to get the number of votes needed to send the deficit reduction plan they released earlier in the week to Congress for a vote.

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Commission Proposes ‘High-Three’ to ‘High-Five’ for Retirement, Pay Freeze and Changes to FEHB for Federal Employees

By on December 1, 2010 11:40 AM in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has issued its report on ways to reduce the deficit and federal spending. Here are some of the key points in the report that are likely to be of most interest to readers.

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How Much Money Do White House Staff Members Earn?

By on November 29, 2010 3:58 PM in Current Events with 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how much money the staff at the White House earns? We’ve compiled highlights from the 2010 White House annual report.

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President Obama Proposes Freeze on Federal Civilian Employee Pay for 2 Years

By on November 29, 2010 10:09 AM in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

President Obama will announce a 2 year freeze on federal employee pay to affect all civilian employees.

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Holiday Travel Advice from the TSA

By on November 23, 2010 7:05 AM in Agency News with 0 Comments

Whether you love the new security procedures or hate them, there’s no disputing that TSA has been up against a lot of public scrutiny because of the new procedures. Here is how the agency recommends making your air travel easier as you fight the crowds over this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Taking the Axe to Federal Spending – More Suggestions from the Debt Commission Co-Chairmen

By on November 11, 2010 8:41 PM in Current Events with 0 Comments

The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released a draft report on 11/10 outlining ways to cut the federal deficit. We highlight some additional items from that report that will be of most interest to our readers.

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Cows, People and Flying – A Second Look

By on September 7, 2010 6:34 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

Ralph found on a recent experience with airline travel that some people will develop a herd mentality in crowded situations. Another FedSmith author gives his take on the situation.

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Tea Parties Will Have Significant Impact According to Readers

By on April 22, 2009 8:37 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

Are the tea parties held on April 15th a one-time event or will they have a most lasting impact on American politics? Most readers see a significant impact but there is a widely divergent view of the events and why they are important with comments ranging from “patriotic demonstrations” to “racist.”

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