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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Will Federal Retirees Get a COLA Increase in 2016?

Filed in News by on June 18, 2015 Comments

How much will federal retirees and Social Security recipients receive with a new COLA calculation that will go into effect in January? As of today, there would not be any increase.

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2016 Federal Pay Increase Meandering Through Congress

Filed in News by on June 18, 2015 Comments

A House committee has advanced a bill that may impact the federal pay raise for 2016—by not proposing an alternative pay raise figure for next year.

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How Much Will Your Pay Increase in 2016?

Filed in News by on June 12, 2015 Comments

How much will your pay raise be in 2016? The president has recommended 1.3%. Congress could intervene but has not done so. What about a pay increase for military personnel and federal retirees?

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S Fund Back on Top in May TSP Returns

Filed in News by on June 2, 2015 Comments

The S and C funds provided healthy returns to investors in May but the I fund, while still leading for the year, finished in negative territory for May.

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Proposal Would Give 102k Federal Employees a Pay Raise in 2016

Filed in News by on June 1, 2015 Comments

A proposed rule would create 13 new locality pay areas for some federal employees. That is good news for those employees, but there could also be a negative impact of this action on 2016 pay for federal employees currently under the locality pay system.

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Highest Paying Administrative Jobs: Where Are They and What Are Their Salaries?

Filed in News by on May 18, 2015 Comments

Federal agencies have some administrative positions in common. Some of these agencies pay a higher salary, even in smaller agencies, for the same job as other agencies because of disparities in the federal pay system. Here are the 10 highest salaries for human resources and EEO positions.

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Racial Bias in the Federal Workplace

Filed in News by on May 12, 2015 Comments

The subject of race frequently comes up today both in daily social life as well as in the workplace. Is racial discrimination a problem in the federal workplace? Take this short survey and share your opinion.

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2016 Presidential Preferences of the Federal Government Community

Filed in News by on May 5, 2015 Comments

In an early survey of the federal government community, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio are in the lead as the preferred candidates.

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