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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President Directs 1% Federal Pay Raise for 2016

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 28, 2015 Comments

President Obama has issued an Executive Order directing an across-the-board pay raise of 1% for federal employees in 2016.

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Dubious Distinction: Agencies With Employees on “Discreet Encounters” Website

Filed in News by on August 24, 2015 Comments

Which federal civilian agency has the largest number of federal employees who signed up for “discreet encounters” with a website that has now been hacked? Here is the ranking of federal agencies.

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Stocks Tanked This Week; Will You Sell Your TSP Stock Funds?

Filed in News by on August 22, 2015 Comments

The stock market is down in August and has gone down faster in the last week. What will you do with your TSP investments in stock funds?

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COLA Increase in 2016 Appears Less Likely

Filed in News by on August 19, 2015 Comments

It is increasingly less likely that there will be a COLA increase for retirees in 2016 based on the inflation figures for July.

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Changing the TSP: Who Will Pay for More Investment Options?

Filed in News by on August 17, 2015 Comments

The TSP is moving ahead with adding a mutual fund window to the TSP. What is behind the change in approach, and who will pay for the new funds?

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Which Agency Has the Most Expensive Disposable Eating Utensils?

Filed in News by on August 10, 2015 Comments

An issue between an agency and a union dating back at least 6 years has resulted in the Department of Commerce possibly having the most expensive disposable cups and eating utensils in the country.

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C Fund on Top for July; I Fund Ahead for the Year

Filed in News by on August 3, 2015 Comments

TSP stock funds almost all showed positive returns in July with the C fund returning more than 2% for the month.

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Expanding Withdrawal Options in the TSP

Filed in News by on July 28, 2015 Comments

The TSP is proposing substantial changes to withdrawal restrictions of your money. Here is a quick summary of these changes.

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