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

Filed in Headlines, 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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Phased Retirement for Feds: Easing Into Retirement

Filed in News by on August 8, 2014

OPM has issued rules on phased retirement—a new program that will allow federal employees to work part-time while also receiving a portion of their federal pension.

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Market Sinks on July 31: All TSP Stock Funds Down in July

Filed in News by on August 1, 2014

The stock market dropped in July ending a five month winning streak for the TSP C fund. For the year-to-date and the past twelve months, all of the TSP funds are showing a positive return.

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Moving Toward a 1% Pay Raise in 2015

Filed in News by on July 30, 2014

The 2015 across-the-board federal pay raise, if any, is moving along its usual slow path.

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Expanding FEHB Coverage: What Will it Cost Agencies and Is it Legal?

Filed in News by on July 29, 2014

OPM has issued a proposed rule to expand coverage of the FEHB to temporary and seasonal employees employed an average of at least 30 hours a week over a twelve-month period. The proposal appears to be in conflict with legislation on the same topic.

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