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 on federal human resources.

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6.2% Average Health Insurance Increase for Federal Employees

By on September 28, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
6.2% Average Health Insurance Increase for Federal Employees

The average rate increase for 2017 under the health insurance plan for federal employees (FEHB) will be 6.2% in 2017.

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The First Debate and the Upcoming Presidential Election: Who Will Receive Your Vote?

By on September 26, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The First Debate and the Upcoming Presidential Election: Who Will Receive Your Vote?

Who will receive your vote in the upcoming presidential election? Did the first debate influence your vote? Share your feedback in this short survey.

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Average Total Federal Employee Compensation: $123,160

By on September 21, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Average Total Federal Employee Compensation: $123,160

The total compensation differential between federal and private sector employees continues to grow larger after the end of a partial federal pay freeze.

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Chances Increase for Small COLA in 2017

By on September 19, 2016 in Retirement with 20 Comments
Chances Increase for Small COLA in 2017

There is some good news for readers who may be hoping for any COLA increase in January.

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Paying FEHB Premiums While in a Nonpay Status

By on September 14, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 5 Comments
Paying FEHB Premiums While in a Nonpay Status

OPM is proposing to provide agencies discretion in taking on debt for an employee’s share of FEHB premiums while the employee is in a nonpay status.

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2017 Federal Pay Raise and COLA Update

By on September 8, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 93 Comments
2017 Federal Pay Raise and COLA Update

What is the status of a 2017 raise for federal employees, next year’s COLA increase, proposed locality pay changes and military pay? Here is an update.

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100+ “Rest of U.S.” Locations Recommended for Federal Locality Pay

By on September 6, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 38 Comments
100+ “Rest of U.S.” Locations Recommended for Federal Locality Pay

The Federal Salary Council is recommending evaluation of more than 100 counties and statistical metropolitan areas for inclusion in the locality pay system for federal employees.

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TSP Returns Mostly Flat in August

By on September 1, 2016 in Retirement with 7 Comments
TSP Returns Mostly Flat in August

How did your TSP investments perform in August? The latest monthly returns show many of the TSP funds experienced relatively little change.

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How Much Will Your Pay Increase in 2017? President Submits Pay Plan

By on August 31, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 92 Comments
How Much Will Your Pay Increase in 2017? President Submits Pay Plan

As has been done in recent years, President Obama has issued a letter outlining the federal employee pay raise in 2017.

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Average Salary Much Higher In Some Agencies

By on August 28, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 25 Comments
Average Salary Much Higher In Some Agencies

Which agencies have the highest average salary and which agencies have the lowest? There is a very wide range—from $173,854 to $73,047.

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