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

Implementing EO to Reward Experience Over Education

By on August 4, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Implementing EO to Reward Experience Over Education

OPM has issued guidance to agencies on reducing reliance on college education and increasing value of experience.

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TSP Stocks Roar Back After March Debacle

By on August 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Stocks Roar Back After March Debacle

Despite the dramatic drop in March, TSP stock funds have roared back. One is now up more than 11% in the last 12 months.

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TSP Update: Coronavirus Loans and F Fund Ahead in 2020

By on July 29, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Update: Coronavirus Loans and F Fund Ahead in 2020

Here are the results of the CARES Act project for the TSP and where participants moved their investments in June.

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Hatch Act Leads to 120-Day Suspension

By on July 22, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hatch Act Leads to 120-Day Suspension

A federal employee has agreed to a 120-day suspension without pay for a Hatch Act violation.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Feds – 1 Is Well-Known

By on July 21, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Top 10 Highest Paid Feds – 1 Is Well-Known

Who are the highest paid federal employees? At least one name on the list will likely sound familiar.

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Federal Employees, Hatch Act, and Black Lives Matter

By on July 14, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Hatch Act, and Black Lives Matter

The Office of Special Counsel says Black Lives Matter is not a political organization with Hatch Act implications for federal employees and agencies.

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New Locality Pay Areas Proposed

By on July 10, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
New Locality Pay Areas Proposed

OPM is proposing to add Des Moines, IA and Imperial County, CA to the locality pay area system.

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Freedom from Union Dues for Some Federal Employees

By on July 8, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Freedom from Union Dues for Some Federal Employees

The FLRA has published a rule giving federal employees more leeway in canceling the withholding of union dues

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Will There Be a Pay Raise for Federal Employees? Delving into the Morass

By on July 8, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Will There Be a Pay Raise for Federal Employees? Delving into the Morass

Where do we stand on approval of a pay raise in 2021 for the federal workforce?

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What are the Highest Rated Federal Employee Benefits?

By on July 6, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
What are the Highest Rated Federal Employee Benefits?

What do federal employees think of their benefits? OPM has released its latest survey results.

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