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

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Federal Employee Pay Raise Process Moving Ahead

By on August 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Pay Raise Process Moving Ahead

The 2018 federal employee pay raise is following the usual tortuous path. Probable result: an average pay raise of 1.9% in January.

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Best Estimate for 2018 COLA: 2.2%

By on August 11, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Best Estimate for 2018 COLA: 2.2%

The best estimate for the 2018 COLA is 2.2% according to the Board of Trustees for the Social Security Trust Funds.

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Federal Employees Working for Unions: CBO Reports on Pending Bill

By on August 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Working for Unions: CBO Reports on Pending Bill

The CBO concludes a requirement for more reliable accounting of official time by federal employee unions would have a negligible impact on federal expenses.

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FRTIB Announces Selection of New Executive Director

By on August 1, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The FRTIB has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director.

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Best TSP Fund in 2017? Still the I Fund

By on August 1, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Best TSP Fund in 2017? Still the I Fund

All of the TSP funds had positive returns in July and also for the year to date.

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Bill Advances to Require OPM Action on Official Time

By on July 28, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Bill Advances to Require OPM Action on Official Time

A Bill to require annual reporting on use of official time and other union related items is advancing. It has now passed the House and reported favorably by a Senate committee for consideration.

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Congress and Your Federal Employee Retirement

By on July 26, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Congress and Your Federal Employee Retirement

Should a federal employee retire now to avoid unpleasant changes that may be implemented in new legislation?

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Will 2018 COLA Exceed Federal Employee Raise?

By on July 22, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Will 2018 COLA Exceed Federal Employee Raise?

Current federal employees are likely to receive a smaller pay increase in 2018 than federal retirees.

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Federal Employees Saving History in Skagway

By on July 20, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Saving History in Skagway

The National Park facility in Skagway, AK is a busy location in summer. This is a look at the town’s history and why the NPS has a facility there.

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The Hatch Act, Unions and Postal Service

By on July 19, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
The Hatch Act, Unions and Postal Service

According to the OSC, the Postal Service took action to assist a union’s political activity in violation of the Hatch Act.

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