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 Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

By on October 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

Using marijuana in Washington, DC is legal, but federal employees are still subject to federal laws. Take this survey on marijuana legalization and federal employees.

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Concurrent Budget Resolution Proposes Benefit Cuts for Federal Employees

By on October 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Concurrent Budget Resolution Proposes Benefit Cuts for Federal Employees

The concurrent budget resolution passed in the House proposes significant changes to federal employee benefits. Here is a quick summary.

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Proposal to Raise Max Buyout to $40,000 for Federal Employees

By on October 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Proposal to Raise Max Buyout to $40,000 for Federal Employees

A bill to increase buyouts to maximum of $40,000 has been introduced in the Senate.

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DuBester Renominated for FLRA

By on October 3, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

President Trump intends to nominate former union lawyer Ernest W. DuBester to serve a third term as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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What is the One TSP Fund Up 20% in 2017?

By on October 2, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
What is the One TSP Fund Up 20% in 2017?

Which TSP fund has had the highest rate of return so far this year? The answer may surprise you.

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Trump Revokes EO Creating Federal Labor Councils

By on September 30, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump Revokes EO Creating Federal Labor Councils

Elections have consequences. President Trump has issued an Executive Order revoking federal labor-management relations councils.

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80% Differential in Federal and Private Sector Compensation

By on September 24, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
80% Differential in Federal and Private Sector Compensation

A new study argues federal workers are paid 80% higher than private sector workers with respect to their total compensation package.

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OPM Reminds Agencies About Emergency Leave Transfers

By on September 22, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

An emergency leave transfer program is now available for agencies with employees impacted by hurricane Irma.

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Facebook Posting Leads to Postal Worker Indictment

By on September 21, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Posting vacation photos on Facebook was instrumental in an indictment of a Postal worker collecting payments for his medical disability.

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Debating the Role of Federal Employees

By on September 20, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Debating the Role of Federal Employees

Various groups are seeking loyalty of the federal workforce. Is there an internal “permanent state” in government? A former administration official says it exists, is dangerous and threatens our democracy.

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