Ralph R. 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 newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters onĀ federal human resources.

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Government Shutdown Averted as Senate Dems Relent

By on December 9, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Government Shutdown Averted as Senate Dems Relent

An attempt by some Senate Democrats to block a continuing resolution will apparently not lead to a government shutdown.

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President Issues 2.1% Pay Raise Plan for Federal Employees

By on December 9, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
President Issues 2.1% Pay Raise Plan for Federal Employees

President Obama has issued a surprising last minute pay raise plan for federal employees effective in January 2017.

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Federal Employee Locality Pay Update: Holding Off Burlington and Virginia Beach

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Locality Pay Update: Holding Off Burlington and Virginia Beach

Will Burlington, VT and Virginia Beach, VA areas be added as locality pay areas in 2017? They will be added but not in 2017.

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Combatting Rise in Medicare Part B Premiums for Federal Retirees

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Combatting Rise in Medicare Part B Premiums for Federal Retirees

Some federal retirees may be impacted by a significant increase in Medicare Part B premiums. A bill has been introduced to minimize the impact.

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Political Intrigue: Will Congress Derail 2017 Pay Raise? Will Government Shutdown?

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Political Intrigue: Will Congress Derail 2017 Pay Raise? Will Government Shutdown?

Will there be a government shutdown? Will Congress derail the annual federal pay raise? A continuing resolution is in process but funding expires on Friday.

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A Week Off for Some Federal Employees Using 3 Days of Annual Leave

By on December 4, 2016 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
A Week Off for Some Federal Employees Using 3 Days of Annual Leave

Some federal employees can take off for a week in January by using three days of annual leave. Here is how and why.

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Its Good to be a Federal Employee: Investing Advantages as Stocks Rise

By on December 1, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Its Good to be a Federal Employee: Investing Advantages as Stocks Rise

TSP stock funds were up in November. One fund is now up more than 14% for the year. Bond yields are also up. Here is why the market jumped and a big investing advantage for federal employees seeking to preserve their money if inflation recurs with faster economic growth.

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2017 Locality Pay Rates for Federal Employees: San Francisco and DC Areas On Top

By on November 30, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2017 Locality Pay Rates for Federal Employees: San Francisco and DC Areas On Top

The 2017 locality pay rates are out. The largest increases are in the San Francisco and DC areas. You can view the full list of new locality pay rates here.

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Alternative Pay Plan Submitted for Federal Employees in 2017: 1.6% Average Raise

By on November 29, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Alternative Pay Plan Submitted for Federal Employees in 2017: 1.6% Average Raise

President Obama has submitted an Alternative Pay Plan for 2017. The average federal pay raise would be 1.6%.

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Restricting Federal Employee Awards for Fiscal Year 2017

By on November 22, 2016 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Restricting Federal Employee Awards for Fiscal Year 2017

OMB and OPM have released authorization levels for specified employee awards for the current fiscal year. Caps have also been removed for payment of other awards that were capped at fiscal year 2010 levels.

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