Ian Smith

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

Man Lies Twice About Being a Veteran to Get Benefits

By on November 27, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Man Lies Twice About Being a Veteran to Get Benefits

A man has been sentenced to federal prison for lying not once, but twice, about being a veteran in order to receive almost $200,000 in benefits.

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OPM IG Provides Update on Retirement Claims Backlog

By on November 26, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM IG Provides Update on Retirement Claims Backlog

OPM’s Inspector General said that while the agency appears to have met a part of its goal on the retirement backlog, it has some more work to do.

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Telework is the Focus of New Dismissal and Closure Procedures

By on November 25, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Telework is the Focus of New Dismissal and Closure Procedures

OPM recently updated its governmentwide closure and dismissal policies which include a new type of weather related leave and strong emphasis on telework.

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Legislation Would Boost COLAs for Some Federal Retirees

By on November 20, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Boost COLAs for Some Federal Retirees

Recently introduced legislation has the potential to increase the size of COLAs paid to some federal retirees.

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Senators Still Concerned About Unexpected Tax Bills for Some Federal Employees

By on November 20, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Senators Still Concerned About Unexpected Tax Bills for Some Federal Employees

Two Senators are again pressing the GSA to do more to help some federal employees who could potentially face an unexpected tax bill.

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Flexible Spending Account Contribution Limits Will be Higher in 2019

By on November 19, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Flexible Spending Account Contribution Limits Will be Higher in 2019

The 2019 contribution limit for flexible spending accounts will see a slight increase over 2018.

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Unions Sue VA Over Official Time Restrictions

By on November 16, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Unions Sue VA Over Official Time Restrictions

Federal employee unions have filed a lawsuit against the VA over restrictions the agency placed on the use of official time.

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Postal Service Now Going on 12 Years of Losses

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Now Going on 12 Years of Losses

The Postal Service has suffered 12 straight years of net losses with the announcement of its FY 2018 financial results.

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3 Years After Data Breaches, OPM Still Has Security Deficiencies

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
3 Years After Data Breaches, OPM Still Has Security Deficiencies

Over 3 years after the data breaches were reported at OPM, the agency still has not made a number of recommended security improvements.

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VA Launches Revamped Website

By on November 14, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Launches Revamped Website

The VA launched a new website this week as part of the agency’s digital modernization effort that it says puts a focus on customer support.

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