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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1.6% Pay Raise for 2017 Advancing in Congress

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 25, 2016 Comments

A 2017 pay raise of 1.6% is working its way through Congress. This would be the highest raise federal employees have had since 2010.

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Search Options For Locating Individual Federal Employee Salaries

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 24, 2016 Comments

The latest available federal employee salary data are now available for searching on FedsDataCenter.com. What are options for locating salaries for federal employees by location, occupation, amount of salaries, bonus payments, etc.? Here is a guide on how to use this database.

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Reader Survey: Trump 53%, Clinton 32%

Filed in News by on May 22, 2016 Comments

In the latest survey among FedSmith.com readers, Donald Trump is the clear winner. Many Democrats are hoping Bernie Sanders will prevail in his quest for the nomination as the candidate for the Democrats. His continuing run is having an impact in this voter preference survey and highlights the extent of his impact among Democrats.

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2017 Pay: Will No Congressional Pay Raise Impact Federal Employees?

Filed in News by on May 19, 2016 Comments

Congress has not had a pay raise since 2009 and is unlikely to have one in 2017. Should Congress receive a pay raise? Will this impact any federal employee pay raise in 2017? Take the survey within the article and express your opinion.

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All TSP Funds Post Positive Returns in April

Filed in 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 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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