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

Cutting Federal Benefits to Align With Private Sector

By on February 11, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Cutting Federal Benefits to Align With Private Sector

The 2021 budget proposes major changes in federal benefits to align more closely with private sector benefits.

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Task Force Proposes Eliminating FERS

By on February 7, 2020 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Task Force Proposes Eliminating FERS

A task force report urges major changes to the civil service system from pay and benefits to handling removal actions and appeals by federal employees.

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Your TSP and the Coronavirus

By on February 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Your TSP and the Coronavirus

Stock markets reacted quickly to news of a virus spreading quickly. The January TSP returns reflect this fear.

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FLRA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Regulations

By on January 29, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
FLRA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Regulations

The FLRA has extended time for public comments to proposed regulatory changes on federal labor relations issues.

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Federal Employees, Unions and Political Donations

By on January 27, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Unions and Political Donations

Politics and federal employees can be tricky. Here are the federal employee unions with the largest donations to politicians.

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Feeling the Squeeze of Executive Orders

By on January 23, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Feeling the Squeeze of Executive Orders

An agency has asked the FLRA for guidance on implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders impacting federal employee unions.

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Federal Employees’ Favorite Topics in 2019

By on January 16, 2020 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Employees’ Favorite Topics in 2019

Which topics were of the most interest to federal employees in 2019? Here is the top 20 list of the most popular FedSmith articles last year.

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Surging Number of Federal Employee Millionaires

By on January 13, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Surging Number of Federal Employee Millionaires

The number of TSP millionaires has dramatically increased in the past year and increased by tens of thousands over the past few years.

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Trends in TSP Investing

By on January 6, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Trends in TSP Investing

Investors in the TSP change over time. The G Fund has decreased in popularity in recent years and the popularity of the Lifecycle funds continues to increase.

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Best TSP Fund Return in 2019: 31.45%

By on January 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Best TSP Fund Return in 2019: 31.45%

Despite gloomy investment predictions for 2019, TSP investors fared well. One TSP fund had a return of 31.45% for the year.

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