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

Can Congress Overturn an OPM Reclassification Decision?

By on May 22, 2019 in Human Resources, Q&A with 0 Comments
Can Congress Overturn an OPM Reclassification Decision?

Is there any precedent for employees “winning” reclassification of their position via legal/political means?

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Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

By on May 16, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

A bill has been introduced to create a Climate Choice Stock Fund to mitigate the dangers of climate change for TSP investors.

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“LOVE Act” and the State Department

By on May 12, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
“LOVE Act” and the State Department

Recently introduced legislation would require the State Department to take actions for firing employees decades ago based on sexual orientation.

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COLAs, Locality Pay and Raises

By on May 9, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
COLAs, Locality Pay and Raises

Why did federal employees get a smaller raise than the annual COLA? Here is a quick explanation.

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Filling Out the Impasses Panel

By on May 6, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Filling Out the Impasses Panel

President Trump has reappointed two FSIP members. What impact will this have on federal employees’ case decisions?

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Bill Would Expand Retirement Options for Some Feds

By on May 3, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Bill Would Expand Retirement Options for Some Feds

A bill in Congress would allow a buyback for time working as a temporary employee to count toward federal retirement payments.

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Which TSP Funds Are Ahead in This Vibrant Stock Market?

By on May 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Funds Are Ahead in This Vibrant Stock Market?

How did the TSP funds perform in April, and what is the most popular fund among plan participants?

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Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

By on April 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

The dismantling of OPM is starting with a new executive order transferring much of the OPM work to the Department of Defense.

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L Funds to See Bump in Stock Holdings

By on April 18, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
L Funds to See Bump in Stock Holdings

The TSP is making changes to its Lifecycle funds by increasing the percentage invested in stocks and international stocks in order to improve returns.

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GAO Recommendations to Improve OPM Performance

By on April 15, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
GAO Recommendations to Improve OPM Performance

OPM was created to improve government efficiency and performance management, but a new GAO report suggests it has failed.

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