Ralph R. 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 newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources.

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Average Salary Much Higher In Some Agencies

By on August 28, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 22 Comments
Average Salary Much Higher In Some Agencies

Which agencies have the highest average salary and which agencies have the lowest? There is a very wide range—from $173,854 to $73,047.

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33 People Charged with Crimes Against the Postal Service Including Mail Theft by Employees

By on August 27, 2016 in Agency News, Court Cases with 9 Comments
33 People Charged with Crimes Against the Postal Service Including Mail Theft by Employees

Crimes against the Postal Service seem rampant in one section of California. 33 people, including a number of Postal Service employees, have been charged with various crimes.

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Raising Federal Employee Pay By Expanding Locality Pay Areas

By on August 21, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 69 Comments
Raising Federal Employee Pay By Expanding Locality Pay Areas

Is your geographic area among those recommended for locality pay? Locality pay rates are spreading which leads to higher pay without requiring Congressional action. Here are the locality pay areas for 2017 and some areas the Salary Council recommends adding to existing areas.

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New Federal Employee Locality Pay Areas for 2017?

By on August 15, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 7 Comments
New Federal Employee Locality Pay Areas for 2017?

The Federal Salary Council has recommended adding two new locality pay areas in Virginia and Vermont in 2017. What is the forecast for changes in locality pay for next year?

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2017 Federal Employee Pay Raise: Where Does it Stand?

By on August 10, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 61 Comments
2017 Federal Employee Pay Raise: Where Does it Stand?

The annual federal pay raise process is a long one. What is likely to happen for 2017, and what is the most likely pay raise amount?

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Conventions Are Over: Who Wins in Presidential Voting Survey?

By on August 8, 2016 in Current Events with 348 Comments
Conventions Are Over: Who Wins in Presidential Voting Survey?

With almost 2,600 votes cast, only 20 votes separated readers’ preferences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here is how the candidates fared in this latest survey.

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Conventions are Over: Who Will Receive Your Vote for President?

By on August 2, 2016 in Current Events with 335 Comments
Conventions are Over: Who Will Receive Your Vote for President?

The nominating conventions are over. This is the chance for federal employees and retirees to express your opinion – which candidate will receive your vote for President of the U.S.?

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Stock Market Ramps Up in July—All Funds Ahead in 2016

By on August 1, 2016 in Current Events with 37 Comments
Stock Market Ramps Up in July—All Funds Ahead in 2016

All of the TSP funds were up in July and two funds went up more than 5%. All of the TSP funds are also in positive territory for the year-to-date.

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How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary

The design of the page for locating the salary of an individual federal employee has been changed to make it easier to conduct searches. This article explains how to use the filters with the database to effectively obtain results.

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TSP Investors Pull $2.1 Billion Out of Stock Funds in June

By on July 27, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 33 Comments
TSP Investors Pull $2.1 Billion Out of Stock Funds in June

A volatile stock market and current events are making TSP investors nervous. Federal employees pulled more than $2 billion from their TSP stock funds in June. As is often the case, these attempts to time the market haven’t turned out so well.

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