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

No More Union at the FLRA

By on January 16, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
No More Union at the FLRA

The FLRA Chairman has eliminated recognition of a union of agency employees based on requirements of the Civil Service Reform Act.

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Use-or-Lose Leave and the Partial Shutdown

By on January 10, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Use-or-Lose Leave and the Partial Shutdown

What will happen to “use-or-lose” leave that was lost due to the government shutdown? For most, it will be restored.

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Build a Wall? What Do Federal Employees Want?

By on January 9, 2019 in Leadership with 0 Comments
Build a Wall? What Do Federal Employees Want?

What do federal employees think of the shutdown and building a border wall? Here are the results from our survey on the subject.

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What Are You Doing During the Shutdown?

By on January 9, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
What Are You Doing During the Shutdown?

Are you a furloughed federal employee? If so, what are you doing during the shutdown? Tell us your story.

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The Holman Rule and Federal Employees

By on January 4, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The Holman Rule and Federal Employees

The “Holman Rule” was dropped in new House rules adopted for the 116th Congress which could make some federal employees sleep easier at night.

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How Much Did TSP Funds Drop in 2018?

By on January 2, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Much Did TSP Funds Drop in 2018?

TSP stock funds were all down in 2018 but bond funds are up. Here is a summary of how TSP funds finished out the year.

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Biggest Events for Feds in 2018

By on December 31, 2018 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Biggest Events for Feds in 2018

What were the most significant events for federal employees in 2018? Here is a summary.

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Can a 2019 Pay Raise Be Applied Retroactively?

By on December 30, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Can a 2019 Pay Raise Be Applied Retroactively?

Could Congress authorize a 2019 pay raise that would be applied retroactively?

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Pay Freeze Stands for 2019

By on December 28, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pay Freeze Stands for 2019

Because Congress has not overridden the president’s proposed pay freeze, and an Executive Order has been issued freezing pay, no raise is expected in 2019.

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OPM General Counsel Will Continue as MSPB Chairman

By on December 23, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OPM General Counsel Will Continue as MSPB Chairman

The new OPM General Counsel will work concurrently at OPM and MSPB.

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