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 Do Federal Employees Rate President Trump in His First Year?

By on February 20, 2018 in Current Events with 0 Comments
How Do Federal Employees Rate President Trump in His First Year?

How do federal employees and retirees rate President Trump’s performance after his first year? How does his rating compare to President Obama at the same point?

Continue Reading »

Shrinking Supplemental Annuity Payments: Response from OPM

By on February 13, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Shrinking Supplemental Annuity Payments: Response from OPM

Readers have asked questions about the reduction in their annuity payments for retired federal law enforcement officers. Here is OPM’s response.

Continue Reading »

A Shrinking Annuity Payment for Some Former Feds

By on February 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
A Shrinking Annuity Payment for Some Former Feds

OPM asked its IG not to publish a report about a decision the agency made that raised annuity payments for some retired federal employees. Here’s what happened.

Continue Reading »

Changes for Federal Employees Coming to the Workplace

By on February 9, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Changes for Federal Employees Coming to the Workplace

The Trump administration’s new budget proposal is reportedly going to propose changes to performance rating systems and within-grade increases for federal employees. Here is a list of other possible proposals as well.

Continue Reading »

FISA Memo Released

By on February 2, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
FISA Memo Released

The House Permanent Committee on Intelligence has released the controversial FISA memo involving the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is a copy of the memo.

Continue Reading »

Starting Off on a High Note: Which TSP Funds Had the Largest Gains in January?

By on February 1, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Starting Off on a High Note: Which TSP Funds Had the Largest Gains in January?

TSP investors were very successful in January 2018 as stock prices continued to go up. See which funds had the best record last month.

Continue Reading »

OPM Seeking More Cost Controls for Federal Employee Health Insurance

By on January 29, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Seeking More Cost Controls for Federal Employee Health Insurance

OPM has issued its annual letter to health insurance carriers under the FEHB. OPM is emphasizing reducing costs and improving efficiency in 2019.

Continue Reading »

How Many Millionaires Are There in the TSP?

By on January 25, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
How Many Millionaires Are There in the TSP?

The number of TSP millionaires is exploding. Here is a breakdown of federal employees who have achieved this noteworthy milestone in their retirement planning.

Continue Reading »

Shutdown Pay for Lawmakers vs. Federal Employees

By on January 22, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Shutdown Pay for Lawmakers vs. Federal Employees

The pay of federal employees and elected Congressional representatives is treated differently. Here is why.

Continue Reading »

A Brief History of Government Shutdowns

By on January 20, 2018 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A Brief History of Government Shutdowns

There have been a series of short government shutdowns that often lasted over a weekend. Here is a listing of shutdowns, including the most significant ones.

Continue Reading »

Contact Ralph R. Smith

Top