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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Legislation Proposes to Put Increased Restrictions on Federal Employee Unions

Filed in Headlines, News by on February 4, 2016 Comments

The “Federal Employee Rights Act” would put significant restrictions on the financial stability of federal employee unions and require a majority of employees in a bargaining unit to vote in favor of union representation.

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Will TSP Investors Panic and Sell?

Filed in News by on February 1, 2016 Comments

January 2016 was a bad month for TSP investors with money in the stock funds. But, while the stock market frequently goes down, it has always come back and rewarded investors with a longer investment horizon.

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Would the American Savings Act Impact the Thrift Savings Plan?

Filed in News by on January 31, 2016 Comments

The American Savings Act would create a new organization that may be popular with many Americans. How would creating such an organization impact the TSP?

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The TSP is Popular; Should a Similar Program Exist for Other Americans?

Filed in News by on January 28, 2016 Comments

The Thrift Savings Plan is one of the most popular benefits available to federal employees. Should a comparable program modeled after the TSP be set up for all Americans? One Senator from Oregon thinks so.

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Trump, Sanders Top Reader Survey Among Presidential Candidates

Filed in News by on January 27, 2016 Comments

Donald Trump has increased his lead among readers as the favored Republican candidate, and Ted Cruz has moved up into 2nd place. Bernie Sanders still leads among the choice among Democratic candidates with a slight lead among respondents over Hillary Clinton.

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Bills Seek to Curb Misuse of Paid Administrative Leave in Agencies

Filed in News by on January 21, 2016 Comments

Congress is considering two bills to try to curb abuse of administrative leave in agencies sometimes described as a method for agencies to avoid making tough personnel decisions.

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The First Amendment and Public Employees: Supreme Court Reconsiders Limitations

Filed in News by on January 21, 2016 Comments

Federal employees can join a union and pay dues, or they can decide not to join and save their money. Many public sector employees do not have this option. The Supreme Court takes another look at public employees and mandatory union fees. What impact will this case have on federal employees?

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Election Season Heating Up: Which Candidate Do You Support?

Filed in News by on January 19, 2016 Comments

The 2016 presidential election season is getting into high gear with the first primaries coming up soon. Which candidate would you prefer to see as the nominee for president in 2016? Share your opinion in this short survey.

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