Ian Smith

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

DOT Says No More ‘Emotional Support Animals’ Allowed on Airplanes

December 3, 2020 10:30 AM
DOT Says No More ‘Emotional Support Animals’ Allowed on Airplanes

The Transportation Department has issued a final rule which will prohibit bringing untrained “emotional support animals” onto public flights.

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White House Reverses Course, Supports Pay Freeze in 2021

December 2, 2020 5:54 PM
White House Reverses Course, Supports Pay Freeze in 2021

The White House has changed its position on a proposed pay raise for federal employees in 2021.

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Bill Would Let Federal Employees Fight Climate Change with Their TSP Accounts

November 24, 2020 9:51 AM

Legislation has been introduced that would give federal employees the option of avoiding the fossil fuel industry with their TSP investments.

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Senate Legislation Introduced to Nullify Schedule F Executive Order

November 19, 2020 6:18 AM , Updated November 19, 2020 12:56 PM

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to rescind the Schedule F Executive Order.

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COVID-19 Weighs on Postal Service’s FY 2020 Finances

November 13, 2020 3:40 PM
COVID-19 Weighs on Postal Service’s FY 2020 Finances

The Postal Service reported a net loss of over $9 billion in FY 2020 amid economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Is It Time to Tax Telework?

November 12, 2020 1:31 PM
Is It Time to Tax Telework?

Telework has grown sharply during the pandemic, and a tax on remote workers has been pitched as a way to level the workforce playing field.

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Pay Freeze for Federal Employees in 2021?

November 10, 2020 5:28 PM , Updated November 11, 2020 1:09 PM
Pay Freeze for Federal Employees in 2021?

A 2021 pay freeze for federal employees has been proposed by the Senate.

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New Retirement Claims at OPM Surge 33% Over Previous Month

November 5, 2020 4:57 PM
New Retirement Claims at OPM Surge 33% Over Previous Month

The number of federal employees who submitted retirement applications rose sharply in October over the previous month.

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Federal Employees Generally Free to Display Campaign Related Items After Election Day

November 4, 2020 3:01 PM

OSC has issued an advisory opinion outlining what federal employees can and cannot do under the Hatch Act after Election Day.

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Significant Changes Coming to Some FEHB Plans in 2021

November 2, 2020 1:27 PM , Updated November 8, 2020 7:33 AM
Significant Changes Coming to Some FEHB Plans in 2021

OPM has provided information on changes coming to some FEHB plans to help federal employees plan for the upcoming Open Season.

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