Ian Smith

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

How Many Postal Workers Were Attacked by Dogs in 2019?

By on June 11, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Many Postal Workers Were Attacked by Dogs in 2019?

Which cities are the most dangerous for Postal workers in terms of dog attacks on the job?

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Former Federal Employee Claimed His Sister as His Wife to Get Benefits

By on June 11, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former Federal Employee Claimed His Sister as His Wife to Get Benefits

A former federal employee has pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud totaling over $150,000.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Hits New Low for the Year

By on June 5, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Hits New Low for the Year

Despite a slower average processing time, OPM was able to bring the retirement backlog down to its lowest level of the year at the end of May.

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Legislation Introduced to Boost Per Diem Rates

By on June 4, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Boost Per Diem Rates

Recently introduced legislation has the potential to make next year’s per diem rates higher than they might be otherwise.

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New TSP Funds Coming July 1

By on June 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New TSP Funds Coming July 1

A group of new L Funds is coming this summer to the TSP.

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This is What Work Life Will Be Like at OPM Post Coronavirus

By on June 1, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
This is What Work Life Will Be Like at OPM Post Coronavirus

OPM has released guidelines for returning agency employees to work in their offices.

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Don’t Throw Away Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment!

By on May 30, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments

About 4 million people are getting stimulus payments on prepaid debit cards, and some have mistakenly thrown them in the trash.

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Connolly Accuses Labor Department of Overstepping its Authority on TSP’s I Fund

By on May 29, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Connolly Accuses Labor Department of Overstepping its Authority on TSP’s I Fund

The House Oversight Committee has now stepped into the ongoing political battle over the TSP’s I Fund.

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Are Whistleblowers More Likely to Be Fired if They Are Probationary Employees?

By on May 28, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Are Whistleblowers More Likely to Be Fired if They Are Probationary Employees?

A GAO report attempted to determine if whistleblowers are more likely to be fired when they are in probationary status.

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Mail Carrier Allegedly Changed Ballot Requests from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Republican’ as a ‘Joke’

By on May 27, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Mail Carrier Allegedly Changed Ballot Requests from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Republican’ as a ‘Joke’

A West Virginia mail carrier has been charged with attempted election fraud after allegedly tampering with ballot requests sent through the mail.

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