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 onĀ federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

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Feds’ Eligibility For Shopping at Military Exchanges to Increase

By on January 17, 2017 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Feds’ Eligibility For Shopping at Military Exchanges to Increase

Many federal employees who are veterans will become eligible for shopping through the military exchange system later this year.

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Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

By on January 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

Can you explain why Inauguration Day is treated differently than other legal public holidays, for “in lieu of” purposes? Some of OPM’s guidance on the holiday is perplexing.

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OPM Authorizes Temporary Appointments For Trump Nominees

By on January 11, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

OPM has issued guidance to allow appointing Trump administration nominees to start working while awaiting Senate confirmation.

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Should Federal Employees Be ‘At Will’ Employees?

By on January 9, 2017 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Should Federal Employees Be ‘At Will’ Employees?

Should federal employees be “at will” employees? It is unlikely changes of this magnitude outlined in a recent bill will be implemented as there will be fierce opposition. Here is a summary.

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Why Isn’t the President Giving Federal Retirees a Higher Raise?

By on January 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Isn’t the President Giving Federal Retirees a Higher Raise?

Why isn’t the president giving a higher pay raise to federal retirees? I am a federal retiree and seeing current federal employees get a higher raise than me I feel is unfair.

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No Quorum at MSPB Will Halt Decisions on Federal Employee Petitions

By on January 5, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
No Quorum at MSPB Will Halt Decisions on Federal Employee Petitions

There will no longer be a quorum at the MSPB later this week. This means decisions on Petitions for Review cannot be issued. Here is the situation.

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How To Quickly Reduce Federal Employee Salaries and Agency Programs

By on January 4, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How To Quickly Reduce Federal Employee Salaries and Agency Programs

As the public was told in 2008, elections have consequences. The new administration will have different priorities than the Obama administration. One new Congressional rule will allow cutting the workforce or cutting federal employee salaries in specific agencies.

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All TSP Funds Show Positive Returns for Federal Employees in 2016

By on January 3, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
All TSP Funds Show Positive Returns for Federal Employees in 2016

Which TSP funds performed the best in 2016? Here are the results for the year.

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Pay Freeze Still in Effect for Some Federal Employees

By on December 29, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pay Freeze Still in Effect for Some Federal Employees

While limited in its applicability, there is still a pay freeze for some federal employees in senior positions.

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President Issues Order Finalizing 2017 Federal Employee Pay Raise

By on December 28, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
President Issues Order Finalizing 2017 Federal Employee Pay Raise

An executive order finalizing the 2017 GS pay raise for federal employees has been published.

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