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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Phased Retirement Coming to DoD

Filed in Headlines, News by on June 22, 2016 Comments

Phased retirement may be a solution in search of a problem. Agencies have been slow to implement it and reception by federal employees has been languid. DoD is now moving out to implement the program.

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Another Step Toward a 1.6% Raise in 2017

Filed in News by on June 19, 2016 Comments

A 1.6% annual federal pay raise for 2017 is continuing to work its way through Congress. Here is the latest information.

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TSP Envy: Congress Eyes A TSP for More Americans

Filed in News by on June 15, 2016 Comments

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has been a success for federal workers. Another bill in Congress would create a similar system for many other Americans.

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Average Fed Salary in DC Tops $112,000. Lowest State: About $66,000

Filed in News by on June 12, 2016 Comments

Is there a difference between the states in the average salary paid to federal employees there? The wide differential may surprise some. DC comes out on top with an average salary now above $112,000 but California has 8.19% of the federal workforce within its borders and an average of $83,306.

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Salary and Race in the Federal Workforce: Which Federal Employees Make More (and Less)

Filed in News by on June 7, 2016 Comments

Which racial groups are the largest in the federal workforce and are there salary differentials? How is the racial composition of the workforce changing?

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Will There Be a COLA Increase in 2017 for Federal Retirees?

Filed in News by on June 5, 2016 Comments

Will there be a COLA for federal retirees in 2017? It is too early to know, but the current situation is not positive. Here are the factors that will impact any adjustment for retirees in January.

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TSP Funds Flower in May

Filed in News by on June 1, 2016 Comments

All funds in the Thrift Savings Plan are up in May and only one fund has a negative return so far in 2016. Here is a summary of the TSP performance results for each fund.

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1.6% Pay Raise for 2017 Advancing in Congress

Filed in 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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