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

Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2021

September 25, 2020 8:51 AM
Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2021

What is going on with the 2021 pay raise for federal employees?

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Proposed Changes for Federal Administrative Law Judges

September 21, 2020 8:06 AM
Proposed Changes for Federal Administrative Law Judges

OPM is issuing proposed changes that will impact how administrative law judges are hired and other employment changes.

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Should Federal Employees Have to Provide Hair Samples for Their Drug Tests?

September 17, 2020 2:47 PM
Should Federal Employees Have to Provide Hair Samples for Their Drug Tests?

HHS has issued proposed drug testing guidelines for federal employees that include testing hair samples.

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Court Upholds Implementing LR Orders for Federal Employees

September 17, 2020 9:04 AM
Court Upholds Implementing LR Orders for Federal Employees

The latest attempt by unions to sidetrack President Trump’s labor relations Executive Orders has been denied by a court.

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More Services, Higher Budgets Projected at Federal TSP Program

September 16, 2020 8:17 AM
More Services, Higher Budgets Projected at Federal TSP Program

The TSP’s budget is expected to go up considerably in the coming fiscal year. Here is some of what is planned and how participants could be impacted.

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1.2% COLA in 2021 for Federal Retirees and Social Security?

September 14, 2020 8:05 AM
1.2% COLA in 2021 for Federal Retirees and Social Security?

What is the likely amount for a 2021 COLA?

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Agencies With Most $100,000+ Federal Employees and Lowest Average Salaries

September 9, 2020 7:48 AM
Agencies With Most $100,000+ Federal Employees and Lowest Average Salaries

Which agencies have the most employees making $100,000+ and which ones have the lowest average salary?

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Race Training for Federal Employees is a “Sickness”

September 7, 2020 8:04 AM
Race Training for Federal Employees is a “Sickness”

This is an interesting time to be a federal employee. Do you work for a government in a free country for the betterment of all or for a government created to promote the interests of the elite?

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32% Return in One TSP Fund in 5 Months

September 1, 2020 10:35 AM
32% Return in One TSP Fund in 5 Months

During a year of extremes, TSP investors have seen a return of more than 32% in the past five months in this leading TSP fund.

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TSP Participants Move Out of Stock Funds Right Before Record Highs

August 28, 2020 8:39 AM
TSP Participants Move Out of Stock Funds Right Before Record Highs

COVID-19 has had an impact on TSP actions and decisions by TSP investors.

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