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

Why Are Current Federal Employees Not Getting the Same Raise as Federal Retirees?

By on December 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Are Current Federal Employees Not Getting the Same Raise as Federal Retirees?

Federal retirees will get a higher pay raise next year than what is proposed for current federal employees. I feel this is unfair; why is this the case?

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Federal Employees, Government Shutdown and Celebrating Christmas

By on December 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Government Shutdown and Celebrating Christmas

Are federal employees going to have an extra paid day off at Christmas? It is unlikely unless it is due to a government shutdown.

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Attacking Federal Employee Salaries at CFPB

By on December 11, 2017 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Attacking Federal Employee Salaries at CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is one of the highest paying agencies in government. Legislation has been introduced that would change that.

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Working to Uncover Covert Activity at the EPA

By on December 10, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Working to Uncover Covert Activity at the EPA

A second lawsuit has been filed against the EPA seeking information about covert activity by agency employees.

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Lawyer in $550 Million SSA Scam Captured in Honduras

By on December 7, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Lawyer in $550 Million SSA Scam Captured in Honduras

A fugitive lawyer known as “Mr. Social Security” has been captured in Honduras and is now serving a 12 year prison sentence while awaiting trial on numerous other charges after he escaped and left the country.

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Which TSP Fund has the Highest Return So Far in 2017?

By on December 1, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Fund has the Highest Return So Far in 2017?

Which TSP fund has provided the highest return – about 3% higher than the fund in 2nd place – for investors in 2017?

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DC Court of Appeals Again Sides With Dissent in FLRA Decision

By on November 30, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
DC Court of Appeals Again Sides With Dissent in FLRA Decision

The DC Court of Appeals has again restricted the expansion of bargaining in the federal government as advocated by the FLRA.

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1.9 Percent Raise for Federal Employees Moving Forward

By on November 22, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
1.9 Percent Raise for Federal Employees Moving Forward

Congress is again punting on taking a role in determining the 2018 federal employee pay raise. Here is the latest on the raise issue.

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Extending Federal Employee Probation to Two Years?

By on November 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Extending Federal Employee Probation to Two Years?

A bill has been favorably reported by committee to significantly increase the length of a probationary period for a federal employee.

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VA Facing Fallout from Publicity and Scandals

By on November 7, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Facing Fallout from Publicity and Scandals

A bill to change how care is provided for American veterans could substantially alter the role of the VA.

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