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 onĀ federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

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Hired at 2 Agencies But Not Showing Up

By on February 23, 2017 in Agency News, Court Cases with 0 Comments
Hired at 2 Agencies But Not Showing Up

A contractor “working” for OPM and NSA billed both agencies but wasn’t showing up at either one. Someone noticed. He has been sentenced to community service and paying $70,000 back to the government.

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15,000 New Federal Employees Key Part of Immigration Enforcement

By on February 21, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
15,000 New Federal Employees Key Part of Immigration Enforcement

Under new policy proposals from Department of Homeland Security, up to 15,000 federal employees will be hired as part of a plan to secure U.S. borders and crack down on illegal immigration.

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Restoring EPA Priorities and Involving Federal Employees

By on February 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Restoring EPA Priorities and Involving Federal Employees

The new EPA administrator wants to restore agency priorities and believes employees should be able to embrace these goals as they benefit our environment.

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Leaking Information, Federal Employees and Political Ideology

By on February 16, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Leaking Information, Federal Employees and Political Ideology

An investigation into leaking intelligence information surrounding the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn has been requested by two House Committees. This begs the question, should federal employees work to oppose President Trump?

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‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits

By on February 12, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits

What changes are likely to occur to your pay and benefits? These are some proposed changes federal workers might see under a new administration based on what we know today.

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Legislation Introduced to Abolish the Department of Education

By on February 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Abolish the Department of Education

A new bill contains one sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

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Paid Time for Union Activity and Government Efficiency

By on February 8, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Paid Time for Union Activity and Government Efficiency

How much time and money are spent at the VA on official time? GAO finds no consistent reporting system.

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First Agency Up for Elimination: Election Assistance Commission

By on February 7, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
First Agency Up for Elimination: Election Assistance Commission

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is targeted for elimination in a new House bill.

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After Trump: A Surge of Federal Employees Leaving Government?

By on February 7, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
After Trump: A Surge of Federal Employees Leaving Government?

With a significant percentage of federal employees indicating they may quit if Donald Trump should be elected, the number of retirement claims should have surged more than usual in January. That did not happen.

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Removal of Federal Employees for Misconduct or Performance

By on February 6, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Removal of Federal Employees for Misconduct or Performance

The Merit Act of 2017 would make it much easier to fire a federal employee. Here are the details of this recently introduced legislation and what it would mean for the federal workforce.

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