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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All TSP Funds Post Positive Returns in April

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 2, 2016 Comments

All TSP funds had positive returns in April. Several funds are still have negative returns for the past twelve months.

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Ex-Cons and Federal Employment

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 1, 2016 Comments

OPM is issuing a proposed rule to prohibit agencies from considering a federal job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of a federal job has been made to the applicant.

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FedSmith Readers Share Their Choices for President in 2016

Filed in News by on April 18, 2016 Comments

Who are the preferred presidential candidates among FedSmith.com users? Independent voters were the largest group to respond to our latest survey, and this group may tip the election in November. Here are the results.

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Bill to Require OPM to Report Annually on Official Time Moves Ahead

Filed in News by on April 14, 2016 Comments

A bill to require OPM to provide annual information on the amount of official time used by federal employees engaging in union activity has been sent to the House for consideration.

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DHS Leads Agencies With 71 Employees on Administrative Leave for More Than 1 Year

Filed in News by on April 7, 2016 Comments

Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.

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The Possibility of A Super Saver TSP Program: More Detail on How the System Works

Filed in News by on April 6, 2016 Comments

Is a “Super Saver” Thrift Savings Plan program a future possibility for TSP investors? The author of a recent FedSmith article advocates a change and also clarifies and expands upon statements in response to observations on the article from an expert at the FRTIB.

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Returning to 1933? How Are Your TSP Funds Performing in 2016?

Filed in News by on April 1, 2016 Comments

The stock market made its biggest quarterly comeback since 1933 according to one recent headline. How did your TSP stock funds do in March?

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Disciplinary Action Process for Fed Workers Ripe for Change?

Filed in News by on March 20, 2016 Comments

Change is afoot in Congress for the federal human resources system for rating and removing federal employees. Federal employees who have been around for awhile may think we are moving forward to 1978—the last major legislative change in these areas.

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