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 onĀ federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

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Is the Government Going to the Dogs?

By on March 23, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Is the Government Going to the Dogs?

It’s National Puppy Day. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has the puppy day spirit. Employees will occasionally be allowed to bring dogs to work.

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Supreme Court vs. Obama Administration

By on March 22, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court vs. Obama Administration

A recent Supreme Court decision regarding temporary appointments requiring Senate confirmation could have significant implications for federal agencies.

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Should Many Federal Jobs Be Moved Out of Washington?

By on March 22, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Should Many Federal Jobs Be Moved Out of Washington?

Will federal jobs and agencies be moving out of Washington, DC? Here is an example of one agency considering moving some jobs to Alabama.

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1.9% Pay Raise Proposed for Federal Employees

By on March 20, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
1.9% Pay Raise Proposed for Federal Employees

A 2018 federal employee pay raise of 1.9% is to be proposed according to new reports.

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Legislation Cutting Some Federal Employees’ Pensions Advances in House

By on March 19, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Legislation Cutting Some Federal Employees’ Pensions Advances in House

A bill that would penalize a federal employee’s pension when acting primarily as a union representative has advanced in the House.

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Postal Service Letter Carrier Convicted of Access Device Fraud and Identity Theft

By on March 18, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Postal Service Letter Carrier Convicted of Access Device Fraud and Identity Theft

A Postal Service letter carrier has been convicted of identity theft and access device fraud.

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President’s Budget Sets New Federal Priorities

By on March 16, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
President’s Budget Sets New Federal Priorities

The President’s budget proposal has not been drafted “with an eye toward what it would do to the value of your (DC area) condo….” Here are new priorities and agencies proposed for elimination.

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2018 Federal Employee Pay Raise and COLAs

By on March 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2018 Federal Employee Pay Raise and COLAs

There is often confusion about the federal employee pay system. Here are some of the common misconceptions and an explanation.

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VA Accountability: Federal Government Trapped In A System In Desperate Need of Reform

By on March 11, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Accountability: Federal Government Trapped In A System In Desperate Need of Reform

The VA and federal civil service is “trapped in a failed and antiquated civil service system that is in desperate need of reform.” A House bill would change the system in the VA.

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Former Park Service Employee Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Government Money

By on March 10, 2017 in Agency News, Court Cases with 0 Comments
Former Park Service Employee Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Government Money

A supervisor who worked for the National Park Service in the Petrified National Forest has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $313,000 after pleading guilty to theft of government money.

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