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 on federal human resources.
The average rate increase for 2017 under the health insurance plan for federal employees (FEHB) will be 6.2% in 2017.
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The total compensation differential between federal and private sector employees continues to grow larger after the end of a partial federal pay freeze.
The Federal Salary Council is recommending evaluation of more than 100 counties and statistical metropolitan areas for inclusion in the locality pay system for federal employees.
As has been done in recent years, President Obama has issued a letter outlining the federal employee pay raise in 2017.