Ian Smith

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

Former Acting IG Indicted for Stealing Software and Federal Employees’ Personal Data

By on March 7, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former Acting IG Indicted for Stealing Software and Federal Employees’ Personal Data

A former DHS acting IG is alleged to have stolen software and personal data of federal employees to sell for a profit.

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OPM’s Retirement Backlog Starting to Recover from January Spike

By on March 5, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM’s Retirement Backlog Starting to Recover from January Spike

Despite a large number of new claims in February, OPM was able to start reducing the retirement backlog after seeing it grow in January.

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House Bill Would Extend Paid Parental Leave Benefit to More Federal Employees

By on March 5, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
House Bill Would Extend Paid Parental Leave Benefit to More Federal Employees

A recently introduced bill would extend the new paid parental leave benefit to more federal employees who are excluded under the new law.

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Where Should Federal Agencies Be Buying Flowers?

By on March 4, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Where Should Federal Agencies Be Buying Flowers?

Where should federal agencies be buying their flowers? It’s an issue that has generated more interest in Congress than you might think.

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NTEU is Worried About OPM’s Implementation of Paid Parental Leave

By on March 3, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
NTEU is Worried About OPM’s Implementation of Paid Parental Leave

NTEU is worried that OPM is “thwarting legislative intent” of the new paid parental leave law for federal employees.

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Bill Would Give All VA Employees New Paid Parental Leave Benefit

By on March 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Bill Would Give All VA Employees New Paid Parental Leave Benefit

Legislation has been introduced that would formally ensure that all VA employees would be covered by the new paid parental leave benefit.

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A USPS Employee is Confirmed to Have the Coronavirus

By on March 1, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A USPS Employee is Confirmed to Have the Coronavirus

A Postal Service employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. Does this mean it can spread through the mail?

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Cox Resigns from AFGE Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

By on February 28, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Cox Resigns from AFGE Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

J. David Cox, Sr. has resigned from his position as AFGE’s national president.

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Where is the Country’s Smallest Post Office?

By on February 23, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Where is the Country’s Smallest Post Office?

Although it’s about the size of a storage closet, the smallest Post Office in the US provides service to a three-county area and is now a famous landmark.

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FRTIB Plans to Raise Automatic Enrollment in TSP to 5%

By on February 18, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
FRTIB Plans to Raise Automatic Enrollment in TSP to 5%

A proposed rule in the Federal Register would increase the automatic enrollment percentage in the TSP from 3% to 5% later this year.

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