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

Largest Number of Feds Making $200,000+ Per Year

August 18, 2020 12:44 PM
Largest Number of Feds Making $200,000+ Per Year

Which agencies have the most employees making more than $200,000? Which agencies have the highest average employee salary?

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Will These Federal Employees Get a Pension?

August 17, 2020 8:42 AM
Will These Federal Employees Get a Pension?

A bill would provide federal retirement benefits to former employees of Air America, a covert organization operating during the Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

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Hatch Act Not a Bar for Acceptance Speech at White House

August 13, 2020 7:03 PM
Hatch Act Not a Bar for Acceptance Speech at White House

The Office of Special Counsel says President Trump can make acceptance speech at the White House, with restrictions.

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Implementing EO to Reward Experience Over Education

August 4, 2020 12:39 PM
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

August 3, 2020 1:14 PM
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

July 29, 2020 9:23 AM
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

July 22, 2020 10:45 AM
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

July 21, 2020 2:36 PM
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

July 14, 2020 11:13 AM
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

July 10, 2020 11:24 AM
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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