Ian Smith

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

Legislation Would Extend Probationary Period for New Feds to Two Years

By on November 5, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Extend Probationary Period for New Feds to Two Years

Legislation has been introduced that would extend the probationary period for new federal employees to two years. Would this benefit new employees?

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No Changes to 401(k) Contributions in Republican Tax Plan

By on November 2, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
No Changes to 401(k) Contributions in Republican Tax Plan

Republicans have unveiled their tax cut proposal, one which consolidates individual income tax brackets and leaves retirement plan contribution limits untouched.

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Buchanan to IRS: ‘Heads Should Roll’

By on October 31, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Buchanan to IRS: ‘Heads Should Roll’

One Congressman is not satisfied with the apology issued by the IRS to some of the groups it targeted for political reasons.

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Buyouts at Education Department

By on October 30, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Buyouts at Education Department

A buyout offer is reportedly pending for some employees within the Department of Education.

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DOJ Settles Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting Scandal

By on October 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
DOJ Settles Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting Scandal

The Justice Department announced that it has settled lawsuits with conservative groups that had sued over the IRS targeting scandal.

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CBP Announces Completion of Border Wall Prototypes

By on October 27, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
CBP Announces Completion of Border Wall Prototypes

Customs and Border Protection announced this week that the border wall prototypes are completed and will now undergo testing.

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Benefit Cuts Left Out of Budget Resolution

By on October 26, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Benefit Cuts Left Out of Budget Resolution

A budget resolution that passed Congress does not contain cuts to federal employee benefits that had been proposed in an earlier version.

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Postal Service Hopes to Launch Self-Driving Vehicle by 2025

By on October 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Hopes to Launch Self-Driving Vehicle by 2025

The Postal Service is working on developing an autonomous vehicle that it hopes to be able to test with its mail delivery services.

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Your TSP Contribution Limit Will be Higher in 2018

By on October 24, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Your TSP Contribution Limit Will be Higher in 2018

The IRS has announced the annual contribution limit to the TSP for 2018.

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Changes for FEHB Plans in 2018

By on October 18, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Changes for FEHB Plans in 2018

What FEHB plan changes can you expect for 2018? Here is a summary.

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