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

MERIT Act Advances in House

By on July 18, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
MERIT Act Advances in House

A companion bill to the MERIT Act has been introduced in the Senate and the bill has been referred from a committee to the full House. Here is a summary.

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Draining the Swamp: Restricting Funding of Union Activity

By on July 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Draining the Swamp: Restricting Funding of Union Activity

OPM has issued instructions to agencies on when to implement restrictions on funding of federal employees working for a union.

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Creating Path for Restructuring Federal Government

By on July 15, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Creating Path for Restructuring Federal Government

Legislation has been introduced to create a path for implementing a plan to restructure or reorganize portions of the federal government.

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ALJs Excepted from Competitive Service

By on July 11, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
ALJs Excepted from Competitive Service

As a result of a recent Supreme Court decision, President Trump has issued an Executive Order excepting ALJ’s from the competitive service.

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Back to the Future: Labor Relations in Government Today

By on July 10, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Back to the Future: Labor Relations in Government Today

How will the new Executive Orders from the Trump administration impact labor relations in the federal government? Here is one perspective.

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OPM Proposes Adding 64,000 New Federal Employees to Locality Pay

By on July 6, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Proposes Adding 64,000 New Federal Employees to Locality Pay

OPM is proposing to add about 64,000 federal employees to the locality pay system for GS employees.

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S Fund Up; I Fund Down for TSP Investors

By on July 2, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
S Fund Up; I Fund Down for TSP Investors

The S fund performed well in May and for the year. The I fund did not. Here are the results.

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Will the New Supreme Court Decision Impact Federal Employees?

By on June 27, 2018 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Will the New Supreme Court Decision Impact Federal Employees?

What impact will there be on federal employees from the Supreme Court decision that says government employees can no longer be forced to pay fees to a union?

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Analyzing and Reorganizing Federal Agencies

By on June 24, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Analyzing and Reorganizing Federal Agencies

A proposal to reorganize federal government would impact many agencies and employees. Here is a summary of how agencies would be impacted.

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Proposal to Revamp OPM, Labor and Education Department

By on June 21, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments

A White House proposal would substantially change OPM, move it under the EOP and merge the Departments of Education and Labor.

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