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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Are You Able to Claim Some of the $88 Million in Abandoned TSP Funds?

Filed in News by on April 12, 2015 Comments

Have you left unclaimed money in the Thrift Savings Plan? $88 million is sitting in these unclaimed accounts. Here is how this occurs and how to claim the money you may have invested some time ago.

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Top 20 Federal Agencies With the Highest Average Salaries

Filed in News by on April 8, 2015 Comments

Which federal organizations have the highest average salaries? Here is a listing of the top 20.

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S Fund on Top of TSP Returns for March

Filed in News by on April 2, 2015 Comments

TSP funds reflected a shift in investor behavior in March as the S fund had a positive return and the C fund turned negative. The I fund is the leading fund for TSP returns so far in 2015.

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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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