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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Will a New Budget Cut G Fund Interest Rates?

Filed in News by on March 24, 2015 Comments

Will budget negotiations for fiscal year 2016 negatively impact the Thrift Savings Plan used by federal employees for their future retirement? One proposed change could impact the value of participants’ investments in the G Fund.

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Moving Closer to Self-Plus-One Option Under FEHB

Filed in News by on March 22, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management is moving forward with implementing the “self plus one” option in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Here are some recently released details about this new option.

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59% Increase in $200,000+ Federal Jobs Since 2010: Where Are They?

Filed in News by on March 17, 2015 Comments

How many federal employees make more than $200,000 per year and where are these jobs located? How can a federal employee make more than the salary cap on a GS employee?

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Seeing the VA Through a Patient’s Eyes

Filed in News by on March 16, 2015 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has gone through a great deal of bad publicity as a result of problems in management and patient care. Here is a brief description of a favorable experience with the agency.

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Funding the Federal Government with the G Fund

Filed in News by on March 8, 2015 Comments

As we quickly near the latest debt ceiling limit for the federal government, the G fund will again by eyed as a temporary way to continue government spending.

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Which Federal Jobs Paying Over $100,000 Employ the Most People?

Filed in News by on March 3, 2015 Comments

The occupations with the highest number of federal employees making over $100,000 has changed since 2010 with new occupations taking the place of several former occupations. Which occupations are growing faster and how many federal employees are in each job category?

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C Fund Investors Enjoy Best Monthly Return in 5 Years

Filed in News by on March 2, 2015 Comments

Investors in the TSP’s C fund enjoyed their best month of returns since December 2010. So, here is a question you should ask yourself: Are you prepared for the next bear market or will you sell at a loss when the inevitable pull back occurs?

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Locating the Salary of a Federal Employee

Filed in News by on February 22, 2015 Comments

The fiscal year 2014 individual federal employee salary information is now online. Here is how to sort through this large database. Note that this article describes the main database of federal employees and not the database of Postal Service employees which is also available at FedsDataCenter.com.

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