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

$174,789,810 for Official Time in FY 2016

By on May 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
$174,789,810 for Official Time in FY 2016

A report on official time in the federal government calculates the cost in FY 2016 was $174,789,810, not including other substantial costs for union activities.

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Pon Hints at Major Changes Coming to Federal Compensation System

By on May 10, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

At a town hall discussion held this week, OPM director Jeff Pon hinted that there may be major changes in store for federal employee compensation.

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Unsung ‘Sheroes’ Receive Recognition

By on May 9, 2018 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Unsung ‘Sheroes’ Receive Recognition

The Unsung Shero Awards were presented as part of Public Service Recognition Week to women for their excellence in federal service.

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OPM Proposes Changes to Bring Federal Benefits Closer to Private Sector

By on May 7, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Proposes Changes to Bring Federal Benefits Closer to Private Sector

Major changes to federal employee benefits would save about $143,509,000,000 over ten years according to new legislative proposals from OPM director Jeff Pon.

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Your 2019 COLA and Federal Employee Pay Raise

By on May 3, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Your 2019 COLA and Federal Employee Pay Raise

Will federal retirees receive a COLA in 2019? How will this impact any federal employee pay raise?

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Best TSP Fund For Month, YTD and Past 12 Months?

By on May 1, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Best TSP Fund For Month, YTD and Past 12 Months?

Which TSP fund has the best returns for April, the year-to-date and the past 12 months?

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Federal Employees Underpaid: What About 2019 Raise?

By on April 29, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Underpaid: What About 2019 Raise?

Recent articles about a large pay deficit for federal employees may raise hopes for a significant raise in 2019. Don’t spend the money just yet though.

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Congressional Term Limits Without a Constitutional Amendment

By on April 19, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Congressional Term Limits Without a Constitutional Amendment

A bill has been introduced in an attempt to limit the time an elected representative would likely serve in Congress without requiring a Constitutional amendment.

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Agency Administration: Highest Paid Federal Jobs in HR and EEO

Agency Administration: Highest Paid Federal Jobs in HR and EEO

Where are the highest paid federal positions in human resources and EEO? Here are the agencies with the highest paid employees for each of these categories.

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IG Report: No Record Retention Violations Revealed at EPA

By on April 9, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
IG Report: No Record Retention Violations Revealed at EPA

An IG investigation at EPA found more than 96 pages of unapproved apps on agency phones but no evidence of purposely circumventing federal record retention rules.

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