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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New Locality Pay Areas? Not in 2015

Filed in Headlines, News by on December 20, 2014 Comments

Will new locality pay areas be established in 2015? Here is a quick summary of the situation from the perspective of the Federal Salary Council.

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Feds Doing Their “Fair Share” With 1% Pay Raise for 2015

Filed in News by on December 16, 2014 Comments

Federal employees are receiving an across-the-board pay raise of 1% in 2015. How does this compare to pay raises in the last decade, and what impact will this have on GS employees’ annual salaries next year?

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Your TSP Investment: Where’s the Money Going and Why Do ‘They’ Care?

Filed in News by on December 12, 2014 Comments

TSP officials believe that investors should leave their money in the TSP when leaving federal service. Why do they care?

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Merry Christmas to Federal Employees: Extra Paid Holiday Announced for Dec. 26

Filed in News by on December 6, 2014 Comments

President Obama has issued an executive order giving federal employees an extra paid holiday on Friday, December 26.

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Self Plus One Health Insurance: Will Your Insurance Costs Go Up or Down?

Filed in News by on December 3, 2014 Comments

The self plus one option under the federal health insurance program will be available during the open season in 2015. It will likely benefit many in the program but some federal employees are likely to have higher premiums in 2016 as a result of the change.

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All TSP Funds Up in November

Filed in News by on December 2, 2014 Comments

With the exception of the I fund, all TSP funds are showing a positive return at the end of November.

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Is There a Cadillac Tax in Your Future?

Filed in News by on November 23, 2014 Comments

Is there a “Cadillac” tax on your federal employee health benefits in the future? The tax goes into effect in 2018. Here are the details and how federal employees could be affected.

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How Much Official Time Used by Federal Unions? No One Really Knows

Filed in News by on November 19, 2014 Comments

GAO analyzed a recent OPM report on official time usage by federal employee unions. It found significant discrepancies in the data but OPM noted that providing more accurate data “is not a priority at this time.”

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