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

Your 2020 COLA: 1.6%

By on October 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Your 2020 COLA: 1.6%

Federal retirees can expect a modest COLA in 2020 now that the official inflation data have been released.

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Executive Orders and Their Impact on Federal Workers

By on October 8, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Executive Orders and Their Impact on Federal Workers

With the injunction against President Trump’s Executive Orders lifted, what will be the impact on the federal workforce?

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Agencies to Implement Executive Orders

By on October 6, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Agencies to Implement Executive Orders

OPM is advising agencies to move out quickly on implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders.

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Which TSP Fund is Up More Than 20% in 2019?

By on October 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Fund is Up More Than 20% in 2019?

One TSP fund is up more than 20% so far in 2019. Here is how all TSP funds are performing and how TSP investors allocate their investments.

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Bill to Prevent VA Union “Bribes”

By on October 1, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Bill to Prevent VA Union “Bribes”

A bill has been introduced in the House to restrict AFGE from offering new employees money to immediately join the union.

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Agency Size and Paying EEO/HR Employees

By on September 30, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Agency Size and Paying EEO/HR Employees

Some administrative jobs exist in all agencies. The salary for the highest paid EEO and HR management employees does not depend on the size of the agency.

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Trump Executive Orders Gain New Life

By on September 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump Executive Orders Gain New Life

Recent action by the Court of Appeals in Washington breathes new life into President Trump’s Executive Orders impacting the federal workforce.

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Gilson Appointed to Impasses Panel

By on September 23, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Gilson Appointed to Impasses Panel

FedSmith author Robert J. Gilson has been appointed by President Trump to a five-year term as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

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OPM Proposes Changes to Federal Employee Removal Process

By on September 17, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
OPM Proposes Changes to Federal Employee Removal Process

OPM has issued a proposed rule to enable faster removal of federal employees in different situations.

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No Increase in Latest 2020 COLA Figure

By on September 16, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
No Increase in Latest 2020 COLA Figure

Inflation did not rear its ugly head in August. That may not be good news for federal retirees and Social Security beneficiaries.

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