Ian Smith

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

OPM Releases Supplementary Materials for Upcoming Paid Parental Leave Benefit

August 11, 2020 12:39 PM

OPM has released some additional guidance documents about the new paid parental leave benefit.

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Legislation Would Ban Federal Employees from Using WeChat

August 10, 2020 4:32 PM

Legislation has been introduced to ban federal employees from using a popular app owned by a Chinese company.

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Under What Circumstances Will Federal Employees Be Entitled to Paid Parental Leave?

August 7, 2020 3:25 PM
Under What Circumstances Will Federal Employees Be Entitled to Paid Parental Leave?

The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim final rule stipulating how the new paid parental leave benefit can be used by federal employees.

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Coronavirus Weighs on Postal Service as it Reports Another Quarterly Loss

August 7, 2020 1:25 PM

The coronavirus pandemic continues to weigh heavily on the Postal Service, a fact reflected in its FY 2020 third quarter financial results.

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New Bills Aim to Protect Federal Employee Whistleblowers

August 6, 2020 8:41 AM
New Bills Aim to Protect Federal Employee Whistleblowers

The sponsors behind a pair of recently introduced bills say that they would help protect federal employees from whistleblower retaliation.

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Average Monthly Retirement Case Processing Time Jumps 17% in July

August 5, 2020 3:01 PM
Average Monthly Retirement Case Processing Time Jumps 17% in July

OPM’s retirement backlog had only a small increase in July despite a much slower average claims processing time.

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Court Dismisses AFGE’s Hatch Act Lawsuit

August 5, 2020 10:21 AM
Court Dismisses AFGE’s Hatch Act Lawsuit

AFGE’s lawsuit against OSC for its recent Hatch Act guidance has been dismissed by a Maryland court.

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Senators Continue Push for More Telework

August 3, 2020 4:17 PM
Senators Continue Push for More Telework

More lawmakers are continuing to make their case for keeping federal employees on telework to protect them from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Is Telework’s Recent Success Proof That Agencies Should Be Moved Out of Washington?

August 3, 2020 7:03 AM

One Senator says that the success of federal employees teleworking during the pandemic is proof that federal agencies don’t need to be in the DC area.

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FedSmith Readers Say They Are Afraid to Return to Work in Their Offices

July 31, 2020 12:47 PM
FedSmith Readers Say They Are Afraid to Return to Work in Their Offices

A majority of respondents to our latest survey say it’s too early for federal employees to stop telework and that they do not feel safe returning to the office.

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