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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VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

By on June 22, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Secretary: Let’s Reform Official Time

346 VA employees work full time on union activities. The VA Secretary says reforming use of official time by unions is necessary. This reform will likely take a long time.

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Annual COLA Inching Toward 2% for January 2018

By on June 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Annual COLA Inching Toward 2% for January 2018

The COLA increase for 2018 is edging higher. Here is an outlook for the 2018 COLA and proposals that could impact your current and future federal retirement.

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Federal Employee Pension, G Fund Used to Avoid Government Default

By on June 18, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Pension, G Fund Used to Avoid Government Default

The debt ceiling for the Federal Government has been reached and it is using accounting techniques to keep paying its bills. Federal employees are helping to fund the “extraordinary measures” now in effect.

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Follow the Rules Act Signed into Law

By on June 15, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Follow the Rules Act Signed into Law

President Trump has signed the Follow the Rules Act. It provides additional protection for federal employee whistleblowers.

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FSIP Members Discharged: Decisions on Hold

By on June 15, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
FSIP Members Discharged: Decisions on Hold

Members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel were discharged on May 18th. New decisions are now on hold.

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Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

By on June 13, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Congress Passes VA Accountability Bill

The VA Accountability Bill has passed Congress. It will change human resources processes for taking action against agency employees.

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2.1% COLA in 2018?

By on June 7, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2.1% COLA in 2018?

One organization estimates the COLA for 2018 will be 2.1%.

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Postal Service: Highest Paid Employees and Highest Averages

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Postal Service: Highest Paid Employees and Highest Averages

The searchable database for Postal employee salaries has been updated with FY 2017 data. Here are some statistics based on the latest available data.

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President Seeks to Privatize Air Traffic System

By on June 6, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Will the nation’s air traffic control system be run by a non-profit entity outside of the federal government? The interest groups are lining up for what promises to be a hard fight in Congress.

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How Do Federal Employees Rate President Trump?

By on June 5, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
How Do Federal Employees Rate President Trump?

How do FedSmith readers rate President Trump’s performance so far, and are they more or less optimistic about their career as a federal employee?

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