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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Temporary Funding Measure Passes Congress – No Change on Pay Raise

Filed in Headlines, News by on September 18, 2014

Congress has passed a measure to fund the government through December 11 and to prevent a government shutdown.

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HUD Violated Anti-Lobbying Provision Law Says GAO

Filed in News by on September 10, 2014

HUD argued that a senior official was entitled to seek support for the pending agency appropriations bill. The GAO disagreed concluding that an agency appeal to the public to contact members of Congress in support of legislation violates an anti-lobbying prohibition.

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Comparing Average Salary to Highest Paid Salaries in Federal Jobs

Filed in News by on September 9, 2014

What are the average salaries for some federal jobs and how do they compare to the highest paid ones? While in the same category, the differences may surprise some. If you fall into one of these categories, see how you compare to the average and the highest paid individuals.

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C Fund Up More than 4% in August

Filed in News by on September 3, 2014

All of the TSP funds had a positive return in August except for the I fund. The S fund came out on top with a return of 4.98%. Also see how investing in L funds in 2014 compared to investing in the underlying funds.

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Obama Calls on Feds to Do Their “Fair Share” With 1% Pay Raise for 2015

Filed in News by on August 30, 2014

President Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden for a 1 percent across-the-board pay increase for the federal workforce. Here is a copy of the letter describing the pay adjustments to take place in January 2015.

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OPM’s Proposal to Expand FEHB: Is Agency Ignoring Existing Law to Avoid Healthcare Act Penalties?

Filed in News by on August 29, 2014

OPM has proposed to expand FEHB coverage to temporary employees with a full government contribution. The proposal does not address how the agency is able to ignore existing legislation in the new proposal and this issue is being questioned by the ranking member of a Senate committee.

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Phased Retirement Moving Forward

Filed in News by on August 27, 2014

What do you need to know about phased retirement before entering this program? Here are some key points that any phased retirement employee will want to know ahead of time.

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DoD Violated Laws in Swap of Taliban for U.S. Army Sergeant

Filed in News by on August 21, 2014

According to the GAO, the Department of Defense violated the law when it transferred five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar for the return of an American Army sergeant.

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