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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COLA Announced for 2015: It’s 1.7%

Filed in Headlines, News by on October 22, 2014

The COLA next year for many federal retirees and Social Security recipients will be 1.7%.

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Politics and Locality Pay

Filed in Headlines, News by on October 20, 2014

No action has been taken on a recommendation to approve new locality pay areas in 2015.

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2015 COLA for Social Security, Federal Retirees to be Announced This Week

Filed in News by on October 19, 2014

What will the COLA be in 2015? Here is a quick summary. The percentage will be less than the increase of the average FEHB increase next year.

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Preparing for Phased Retirement?

Filed in News by on October 16, 2014

As the phased retirement program is about to become a reality for federal employees, OPM has issued draft documents outlining procedures under the program.

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$157,196,468 Spent on Union Salaries in FY 2012

Filed in News by on October 14, 2014

OPM reports that $157,196,468 was spent on official time expenses for unions in fiscal year 2012. What role do politics and the influence of unions in the administration play in this report and the reported numbers?

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About Those 2015 Health Insurance Premium Rates

Filed in News by on October 8, 2014

The average cost of health insurance premiums for 2015 is going up 3.2% according to OPM. How does this compare to the private sector?

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TSP Funds Head Down in September

Filed in News by on October 2, 2014

September lived up to its reputation as the worst month of the year for stocks with all of the TSP stock funds, with the exception of the G fund, having a negative return for the month.

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Temporary Funding Measure Passes Congress – No Change on Pay Raise

Filed in 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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