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

OPM Proposes Changes to Federal Employee Removal Process

By on September 17, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Proposes Changes to Federal Employee Removal Process

OPM has issued a proposed rule to enable faster removal of federal employees in different situations.

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No Increase in Latest 2020 COLA Figure

By on September 16, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
No Increase in Latest 2020 COLA Figure

Inflation did not rear its ugly head in August. That may not be good news for federal retirees and Social Security beneficiaries.

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TSP Changes Now in Effect

By on September 15, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Changes Now in Effect

Significant changes for the federal government’s TSP program are now in effect. Here is a summary of what has changed.

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Stock Market Volatility Rattles TSP Funds in August

By on September 3, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Stock Market Volatility Rattles TSP Funds in August

Which TSP fund fared the best in August? The answer may surprise you.

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President Recommends 2.6% Pay Raise for 2020

By on August 30, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
President Recommends 2.6% Pay Raise for 2020

President Trump has issued an alternative pay plan for 2020 recommending a pay raise of 2.6%.

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Number of TSP Millionaires Still Growing

By on August 29, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Number of TSP Millionaires Still Growing

How many millionaires are now in the Thrift Savings Plan? The growing number may be a surprise.

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Right to Strike for Feds Endorsed by Bernie Sanders

By on August 22, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Right to Strike for Feds Endorsed by Bernie Sanders

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders supports giving federal employee unions the right to strike.

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USDA Reducing Buyout Offer

By on August 20, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
USDA Reducing Buyout Offer

The buyout amount has been reduced for USDA employees opting to leave and not move to Kansas City where jobs are to be relocated.

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$74.9 Million Paid in Employee Student Loan Benefits

By on August 16, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
$74.9 Million Paid in Employee Student Loan Benefits

Federal employees received almost $75 million in student loan repayment benefits in 2017.

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Delay Upheld in Implementing Executive Orders

By on August 15, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Delay Upheld in Implementing Executive Orders

Here’s the latest twist in the ongoing legal battle over President Trump’s executive orders aimed at federal employee unions.

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