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

Filed in Headlines, 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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These Highly Paid Federal Employees Reportedly Unhappy and Seeking Union Representation

Filed in Headlines, News by on July 28, 2014

A union has filed a petition to represent employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Average salary at the agency is $145,610 but employees are reportedly unhappy in the belief that their salaries have been lagging behind other agencies such as the FDIC and the SEC. How do their salaries compare to these two agencies and to federal employees in other agencies?

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Proposal to Raise TSP Director’s Salary to 120% of VP’s Salary

Filed in News by on July 21, 2014

A proposal has been made to raise the salary of the executive director of the TSP to 120% of the salary for the VP of the United States. Are you in favor of this proposal? Take the survey at the end of the article.

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Labor Relations at the FAA: An Expensive Program Without Internal Controls

Filed in News by on July 17, 2014

Since the air traffic controller’s strike of 1981, the public has not heard much about labor relations at the FAA. A new internal report indicates the labor relations system at the agency lacks internal controls, has significantly increased agency costs and that there is no effective system for tracking or anticipating new costs.

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Locality Pay and the Federal Pay Schedule

Filed in News by on July 14, 2014

Will new locality pay areas be added to the federal GS pay system in 2015? A report from the President’s Pay Agent suggests this will be done but no final decision has been made.

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IRS Employees Suspended for Pro-Obama Activities

Filed in News by on July 10, 2014

The IRS appears to have had numerous problems with employees campaigning for Barack Obama during the last presidential election–and most of the cases are below the public’s radar.

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Do You Owe Back Taxes and Have a TSP Account? Be Forewarned

Filed in News by on July 3, 2014

318,462 federal employees owed back taxes to the federal government as of September 20, 2013. Under a proposed rule, money in the TSP accounts of these individuals could be used to pay a tax levy.

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Did the IRS Purposely Destroy Email on Targeting of Conservative Groups?

Filed in News by on July 2, 2014

Does the public think that the Internal Revenue Service purposely destroyed email regarding the targeting of conservative groups? What do you think? Express your opinion in this survey.

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