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

A TSP Fund Up 71% Since March?

December 1, 2020 10:35 AM
A TSP Fund Up 71% Since March?

Can a TSP Fund go up 71% within one year? This one has.

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Agencies Begin Implementing Schedule F

November 24, 2020 1:54 PM

At least two agencies are identifying positions to move federal employees under Schedule F per a recent executive order. What could go wrong?

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Cutting Federal Agency Costs for Union Activity

November 19, 2020 11:42 AM
Cutting Federal Agency Costs for Union Activity

How much official time was used by federal employee unions in FY 2019? The latest report from OPM breaks it down.

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One TSP Fund Up 12.9% in November

November 16, 2020 12:30 PM
One TSP Fund Up 12.9% in November

There has been a big turnaround in TSP stock funds in November and changes to investing TSP index funds.

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Joe Biden: Federal Reemployed Annuitant?

November 13, 2020 8:33 AM
Joe Biden: Federal Reemployed Annuitant?

Joe Biden receives a federal pension from his decades in the Senate. Will he still receive it if he becomes president?

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Will It Be Harder to Fire a Federal Employee Under a Biden Administration?

November 10, 2020 7:50 AM , Updated November 12, 2020 6:54 PM

Executive orders are easier to issue than passing a law and also easier to revoke than a law. These are some likely changes under a Biden administration.

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Elections and a Federal Employee Pay Raise

November 8, 2020 7:19 AM , Updated November 12, 2020 6:56 PM
Elections and a Federal Employee Pay Raise

How will recent elections and political discord impact the 2021 federal employee pay raise?

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FLRA: Immigration Judges are Management Officials

November 4, 2020 12:14 PM
FLRA: Immigration Judges are Management Officials

The FLRA has concluded that immigration judges are management officials and should not be in a bargaining unit represented by a federal employee union.

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A Surprising TSP Fund Leading in 2020

November 1, 2020 12:14 PM
A Surprising TSP Fund Leading in 2020

One TSP stock fund has showed strength in an unusual year and one surprising TSP fund leads all others so far in 2020.

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OPM Guidance to Agencies on the “Schedule F-Bomb”

October 26, 2020 9:15 AM

OPM has issued guidance on placing federal employees into Schedule F and removing normal civil service procedures for hiring and firing.

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