Ian Smith

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

Would Replacing the Dollar Bill with a Coin Save the Government Money?

By on March 30, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Would Replacing the Dollar Bill with a Coin Save the Government Money?

Past legislative attempts to eliminate the dollar bill in favor of coins say it will save the government money. Is this really true?

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It’s Here! Executive Order Issued Implementing 2019 Pay Raise

By on March 28, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
It’s Here! Executive Order Issued Implementing 2019 Pay Raise

The long awaited executive order on the 2019 retroactive pay raise has been issued by President Trump.

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GAO: Roughly Half of Older Americans Have No Retirement Savings

By on March 28, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
GAO: Roughly Half of Older Americans Have No Retirement Savings

An updated GAO report shows that almost half of households 55 and up have no retirement savings.

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Budget Amendments Introduced for Federal Employees

By on March 27, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Budget Amendments Introduced for Federal Employees

Four amendments have been introduced that are designed to protect the pay and benefits of federal employees and contractors.

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Why is Another Pay Freeze Being Proposed?

By on March 27, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

OMB’s acting director explained the rationale behind proposing another pay freeze in 2020 at a recent Congressional hearing.

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Senators Don’t Want Veterans to Pay for VA’s Benefits Errors

By on March 25, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senators Don’t Want Veterans to Pay for VA’s Benefits Errors

Legislation has been reintroduced that would shield veterans from having to pay back benefits they received as a result of the VA’s errors.

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Report Highlights Link Between Employee Engagement and Patient Care at VA Facilities

By on March 25, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Report Highlights Link Between Employee Engagement and Patient Care at VA Facilities

A new analysis of data at VA medical centers finds that there is a direct link between employee morale and the quality of patient care.

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What Impact Did the Shutdown Have on ‘Use or Lose’ Annual Leave Donations?

By on March 22, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
What Impact Did the Shutdown Have on ‘Use or Lose’ Annual Leave Donations?

OPM has issued guidance on how “use or lose” annual leave donations will be handled as a result of the recent shutdown.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Provide Tax Break to Some Federal Employees

By on March 21, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Reintroduced to Provide Tax Break to Some Federal Employees

Another effort is being made to provide a tax break to some federal employees who are reimbursed by the government for their relocation costs.

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2019 Retroactive Pay Raise is Almost Here

By on March 20, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2019 Retroactive Pay Raise is Almost Here

What is taking the pay raise so long to arrive? OPM’s director provides an explanation.

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