Ian Smith

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

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EPA to Offer Buyouts to Cut Staff

By on June 2, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA to Offer Buyouts to Cut Staff

An internal memo circulated at the EPA said the agency is offering some employees a buyout in an effort to reduce the overall size of the agency’s workforce.

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Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

By on June 1, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Does the VA Accountability Bill Get Rid of the MSPB?

Congress is considering legislation to allow the VA secretary greater leeway in removing employees for performance reasons. Secretary David Shulkin provided a response to a direct question asking if the bill would mean elimination of the MSPB.

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Medicare Working to Remove Social Security Numbers on Its Cards

By on May 30, 2017 in Agency News, Retirement with 0 Comments
Medicare Working to Remove Social Security Numbers on Its Cards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said that it is on track to remove Social Security numbers on all Medicare cards by April 2019.

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Budget Proposal Calls for Big Cuts to Reform Postal Service

By on May 30, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Budget Proposal Calls for Big Cuts to Reform Postal Service

The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal outlines significant suggested cuts to the Postal Service in an effort to restore its financial solvency.

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Federal Employee One of Four Charged in Insider Trading Scheme

By on May 26, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Federal Employee One of Four Charged in Insider Trading Scheme

A federal employee with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is one of several individuals indicted for an insider trading scheme.

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Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

By on May 25, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Report: VA Facility Served Food Trays with Cockroaches to Patients

A VA Inspector General’s report substantiated claims that cockroaches were present in the kitchen facility at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

By on May 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
How Large Agencies Fared Under the 2018 Budget Proposal

The 2018 budget proposal from the White House sets spending priorities for large federal agencies. Here is a summary for some key agencies.

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2018 Budget Proposes Eliminating COLAs, Increasing Retirement Contributions

By on May 23, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The 2018 budget proposal from the White House includes various cuts to federal employee retirement programs. Here is a summary of the proposed changes.

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2018 Budget Proposes Eliminating Funding for Numerous Federal Agencies

By on May 23, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
2018 Budget Proposes Eliminating Funding for Numerous Federal Agencies

The 2018 federal budget proposal released by the White House proposes eliminating funding for numerous federal agencies. What are these agencies, and what does each one do?

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Chaffetz to Leave Office June 30

By on May 19, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Chaffetz to Leave Office June 30

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has announced that his last day in Congress will be on June 30th.

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