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

Which TSP Funds Are Up for the Year and Past 12 Months?

By on April 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Funds Are Up for the Year and Past 12 Months?

Which TSP Funds have a positive return for the year-to-date and for the past 12 months?

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Should Federal Union Officials Be Paid to Lobby Congress?

By on March 25, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Should Federal Union Officials Be Paid to Lobby Congress?

FLRA is seeking comments on a proposed rule to restrict use of official time by union representatives to lobby Congress.

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Changes in TSP’s L Funds

By on March 25, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Changes in TSP’s L Funds

Changes to the TSP Lifecycle Funds are underway. Here is a summary of some of the most notable changes.

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Election 2020: Which Candidate Do Federal Employees Prefer?

By on March 24, 2020 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Election 2020: Which Candidate Do Federal Employees Prefer?

An informal survey of readers over the past 10 days provides insight into which candidates for president are the most popular.

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Federal Employees and Union Dues

By on March 19, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees and Union Dues

The FLRA is issuing a proposed rule to allow federal employees to more easily cancel a union dues withholding allotment. Comments are due by April 9, 2020.

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Has the Financial Panic of 2020 Affected Your Investment Decisions?

By on March 17, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Has the Financial Panic of 2020 Affected Your Investment Decisions?

Imagining how a financial panic will feel is different than actually going through one. Are you now ready to pack it in and sell all of your stock funds?

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Do I Buy TSP Stock Funds, Sell, or Ignore the Market?

By on March 10, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Do I Buy TSP Stock Funds, Sell, or Ignore the Market?

Do you follow stock prices every day? Will this help or hurt your financial (and physical) health?

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Election 2020: Who Would Receive Your Vote?

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Election 2020: Who Would Receive Your Vote?

Which candidates do members of the federal community favor in the upcoming election?

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Preventing Fraud In Federal Retiree Payments

By on March 9, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Preventing Fraud In Federal Retiree Payments

A bill has passed Congress to protect people receiving payments under FERS or CSRS from fraud by a person receiving the payment on behalf of the retiree.

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Coronavirus and the TSP: Which Funds Were Hardest Hit?

By on March 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Coronavirus and the TSP: Which Funds Were Hardest Hit?

The coronavirus significantly impacted the stock market in February. Which funds had the largest losses and which ones gained?

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