Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletter and a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters concerning federal human resources.

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Phased Retirement Moving Forward

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 27, 2014

What do you need to know about phased retirement before entering this program? Here are some key points that any phased retirement employee will want to know ahead of time.

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DoD Violated Laws in Swap of Taliban for U.S. Army Sergeant

Filed in News by on August 21, 2014

According to the GAO, the Department of Defense violated the law when it transferred five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar for the return of an American Army sergeant.

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Phased Retirement for Feds: Easing Into Retirement

Filed in News by on August 8, 2014

OPM has issued rules on phased retirement—a new program that will allow federal employees to work part-time while also receiving a portion of their federal pension.

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Market Sinks on July 31: All TSP Stock Funds Down in July

Filed in News by on August 1, 2014

The stock market dropped in July ending a five month winning streak for the TSP C fund. For the year-to-date and the past twelve months, all of the TSP funds are showing a positive return.

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Moving Toward a 1% Pay Raise in 2015

Filed in News by on July 30, 2014

The 2015 across-the-board federal pay raise, if any, is moving along its usual slow path.

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Expanding FEHB Coverage: What Will it Cost Agencies and Is it Legal?

Filed in News by on July 29, 2014

OPM has issued a proposed rule to expand coverage of the FEHB to temporary and seasonal employees employed an average of at least 30 hours a week over a twelve-month period. The proposal appears to be in conflict with legislation on the same topic.

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These Highly Paid Federal Employees Reportedly Unhappy and Seeking Union Representation

Filed in News by on July 28, 2014

A union has filed a petition to represent employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Average salary at the agency is $145,610 but employees are reportedly unhappy in the belief that their salaries have been lagging behind other agencies such as the FDIC and the SEC. How do their salaries compare to these two agencies and to federal employees in other agencies?

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Proposal to Raise TSP Director’s Salary to 120% of VP’s Salary

Filed in News by on July 21, 2014

A proposal has been made to raise the salary of the executive director of the TSP to 120% of the salary for the VP of the United States. Are you in favor of this proposal? Take the survey at the end of the article.

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