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

New Pay Systems Proposed for Some Federal Jobs

By on March 19, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New Pay Systems Proposed for Some Federal Jobs

The President’s Management Agenda calls for action to establish special occupational pay systems for some federal jobs.

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Federal Unions and Politics: Follow the Money

By on March 13, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Federal Unions and Politics: Follow the Money

Federal employee unions are generally thought to support Democrats during elections. What do data on union donations in the last election say about that?

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The Debt Ceiling and the G Fund: Here We Go Again

By on March 6, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Debt Ceiling and the G Fund: Here We Go Again

The government is using two federal employee retirement accounts to avoid hitting the debt ceiling as the country’s debt continues its steady growth.

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FLRA Seeks Briefs on Attorney’s Fees Questions

By on March 5, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
FLRA Seeks Briefs on Attorney’s Fees Questions

In an unusual move, the FLRA is providing for filing amici briefs on a case concerning an award of attorney fees in the federal labor relations context.

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2 TSP Funds Up 11% and 17% So Far in 2019

By on March 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2 TSP Funds Up 11% and 17% So Far in 2019

Which TSP funds have returns of more than 11% and 17% so far in 2019?

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MSPB Nominations, Congress and Politics as Usual

By on February 28, 2019 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
MSPB Nominations, Congress and Politics as Usual

What is happening with the MSPB and the lack of leadership as the current term of Acting Chairman Mark Robbins is about to expire? Here is a summary.

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Labor Partnerships Specter Raised Again in Congress

By on February 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Labor Partnerships Specter Raised Again in Congress

A new bill seeks to re-establish labor-management partnerships in the federal government. How likely is it to work this time given its past track record?

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Pay Agent: Pay Disparity Gap Lacks Credibility

By on February 24, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pay Agent: Pay Disparity Gap Lacks Credibility

The President’s Pay Agent report for 2019 has been released outlining approval of new and expanded locality pay areas.

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Crowdfunding, Shutdown, Federal Employees and Ethics

By on February 20, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Crowdfunding, Shutdown, Federal Employees and Ethics

Federal employees who set up a crowdfunding page may have created an ethics problem. Here is what OGE is telling agencies about crowdfunding and the shutdown.

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How Will the Pay Raise Impact Locality Pay?

By on February 18, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Will the Pay Raise Impact Locality Pay?

How will the 2019 pay raise impact locality pay, and what does the Pay Agent have to say about new locality pay areas?

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