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

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Federal Employees: Overpaid or Underpaid?

By on April 26, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employees: Overpaid or Underpaid?

Federal benefits are generally better than benefits offered in the private sector. This accounts for much of the disparity between federal and private sector compensation according to the CBO.

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Changing Reality for Federal Employees

By on April 24, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Changing Reality for Federal Employees

Is the federal hiring freeze over? Not really. New priorities will impact hiring and restructuring of federal agencies.

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Buyouts, Early Outs and Federal Employees

By on April 20, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Buyouts, Early Outs and Federal Employees

EPA is planning a reduction in its workforce. For some employees, this chain of events may offer new options for their future.

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Full Social Security Retirement Benefits and a COLA Update

By on April 20, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Full Social Security Retirement Benefits and a COLA Update

Requirements for full Social Security retirement benefits are changing in 2018. Also, here is an update on the 2018 COLA.

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President Signs Veterans Choice Act

By on April 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
President Signs Veterans Choice Act

President Trump has signed a law expanding access to health care for veterans outside of the VA system.

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Another FOIA Lawsuit for the EPA

By on April 17, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Another FOIA Lawsuit for the EPA

Two lawsuits are now pending involving issues surrounding the “Deep State” and EPA employees.

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More Patient Care Problems Cited at VA

By on April 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
More Patient Care Problems Cited at VA

A new report found numerous problems with patient care at a VA facility. Here is a summary and solutions suggested to improve caring for veterans in the VA.

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First Steps in Changing Federal HR

By on April 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
First Steps in Changing Federal HR

With a new guidance memo from OMB, federal workers can start to see what new human resources policies will emerge impacting the federal workforce.

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Federal Employee Pay and a Government Closure

By on April 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Pay and a Government Closure

The government may shut down April 29th. A bill to ensure federal employees are paid has not been approved. Congress will only have a few days to approve funding after convening in late April.

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VA Appeals Backlog: Will Reform Plans Work?

By on April 9, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Appeals Backlog: Will Reform Plans Work?

GAO reviews plans by the VA to fix a large backlog of veterans appeals for disability compensation. GAO is skeptical the reforms will work without more efforts.

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