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 Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

By on October 18, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

The 2018 COLA increase will be reflected in payments for federal retirees in January 2018. Some will receive a full COLA; others will receive a prorated COLA.

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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.

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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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