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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Is There a Cadillac Tax in Your Future?

Filed in Headlines, News by on November 23, 2014

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

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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Power Shift in Congress: What Does This Mean for Federal Employees?

Filed in News by on November 8, 2014

As a result of the Republican wave of victories in the mid-term elections, Congress will now be under the control of Republicans. What subjects of interest to federal employees are likely to arise as a result? Here are a few that are likely to impact the federal workforce.

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Phased Retirement : Will It Be a Reality in Your Agency?

Filed in News by on November 6, 2014

In theory, federal employees who are eligible can start applying for phased retirement on November 6. Some federal agencies are not yet implementing the program and they also have discretion not to implement the program at all.

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Wild Ride for Stocks in October

Filed in News by on November 4, 2014

Stocks went on a wild ride in October. The final result: The C fund is up 2.45%.

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Is Your Health Plan Dropping Out of the FEHB?

Filed in News by on November 3, 2014

Will your existing insurance carrier be around in 2015? Are new plans available to you? Here is a listing of new plans and those that have dropped out of the federal program.

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60,000 Veterans Get Triple Benefits Totaling $3.5 Billion Says GAO

Filed in News by on November 3, 2014

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, notes that over 59,000 military veterans were “triple dippers” last year. These individuals received benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military retirement pay and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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COLA Announced for 2015: It’s 1.7%

Filed in News by on October 22, 2014

The COLA next year for many federal retirees and Social Security recipients will be 1.7%.

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