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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Leaking Information, Federal Employees and Political Ideology

By on February 16, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Leaking Information, Federal Employees and Political Ideology

An investigation into leaking intelligence information surrounding the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn has been requested by two House Committees. This begs the question, should federal employees work to oppose President Trump?

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‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits

By on February 12, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits

What changes are likely to occur to your pay and benefits? These are some proposed changes federal workers might see under a new administration based on what we know today.

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Legislation Introduced to Abolish the Department of Education

By on February 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Abolish the Department of Education

A new bill contains one sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

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Paid Time for Union Activity and Government Efficiency

By on February 8, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Paid Time for Union Activity and Government Efficiency

How much time and money are spent at the VA on official time? GAO finds no consistent reporting system.

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First Agency Up for Elimination: Election Assistance Commission

By on February 7, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
First Agency Up for Elimination: Election Assistance Commission

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is targeted for elimination in a new House bill.

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After Trump: A Surge of Federal Employees Leaving Government?

By on February 7, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
After Trump: A Surge of Federal Employees Leaving Government?

With a significant percentage of federal employees indicating they may quit if Donald Trump should be elected, the number of retirement claims should have surged more than usual in January. That did not happen.

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Removal of Federal Employees for Misconduct or Performance

By on February 6, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Removal of Federal Employees for Misconduct or Performance

The Merit Act of 2017 would make it much easier to fire a federal employee. Here are the details of this recently introduced legislation and what it would mean for the federal workforce.

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New Military Retirement System Has Big Changes

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New Military Retirement System Has Big Changes

A new military retirement system is going into effect. Here is how it will work.

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Election Consequences and Targeting Federal Employee Unions

By on February 2, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Election Consequences and Targeting Federal Employee Unions

We know that elections have consequences. With Republicans now controlling both Houses of Congress and the White House, the support of Democrats by federal employee unions is likely to result in changes in federal labor relations.

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January Off to Positive Start for All TSP Investors

By on February 1, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
January Off to Positive Start for All TSP Investors

All TSP funds had positive returns in January and for the past 12 months. Here are the results.

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