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

How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary

By on June 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary

The database of federal employee salaries has recently been updated with new data. Here is an explanation of how to successfully locate specific records.

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Is the TSP Still Infected with the Coronavirus?

By on June 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Is the TSP Still Infected with the Coronavirus?

All of the TSP stock funds had positive returns in May with one fund gaining 8.79% for the month.

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Dramatic Decrease in Official Time at VA

By on May 29, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Dramatic Decrease in Official Time at VA

The VA is successfully implementing recent executive orders to restrict the use of official time and free office space previously used by unions.

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TSP Bounces Back for Federal Workers

By on May 28, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Bounces Back for Federal Workers

The TSP is providing positive returns for investors in May as people are going back to work and the economy may start turning around.

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26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says FSC

By on May 19, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says FSC

The Federal Salary Council has made recommendations for locality pay areas and a pay raise for federal employees in 2021.

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No COLA in 2021?

By on May 18, 2020 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
No COLA in 2021?

Is there a possibility or probability of no cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2021 for Social Security recipients and federal retirees?

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TSP Delays Implementing I Fund Change

By on May 13, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Delays Implementing I Fund Change

The TSP’s I Fund will continue using the current index rather than a broader international index based on a decision made today.

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FedSmith Readers Largely Split on I Fund Investing in China

By on May 12, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
FedSmith Readers Largely Split on I Fund Investing in China

Do FedSmith readers support or oppose expanding I Fund investments into Chinese companies?

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TSP Politics: New Nominees Would Replace Some FRTIB Members

By on May 5, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Politics: New Nominees Would Replace Some FRTIB Members

As the TSP moves ahead to expand I Fund investments, President Trump has nominated new members for the TSP’s governing board.

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One TSP Fund Ahead About 16% in April

By on May 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
One TSP Fund Ahead About 16% in April

TSP stock fund prices surged ahead in April. See how your investments fared in this volatile environment.

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