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

Coronavirus and the TSP: Which Funds Were Hardest Hit?

By on March 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Coronavirus and the TSP: Which Funds Were Hardest Hit?

The coronavirus significantly impacted the stock market in February. Which funds had the largest losses and which ones gained?

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14.2% Yearly Increase in TSP Balance for FERS

By on March 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
14.2% Yearly Increase in TSP Balance for FERS

From the end of December 2018 to the end of December 2019, the average TSP balance for FERS employees was up almost 14.2%.

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The Sky is Falling! Time to Sell Your TSP Stock Funds?

By on February 28, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Sky is Falling! Time to Sell Your TSP Stock Funds?

The stock market is falling fast. Many TSP investors have seen their accounts dwindle in value in just a few days. Is this the time to sell your TSP stock funds?

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Will DoD Restrict Unions for National Security Reasons?

By on February 24, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Will DoD Restrict Unions for National Security Reasons?

A Federal Register notice authorizes removing employees from coverage by the labor relations statute when unions are not compatible with the mission of DoD.

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Rewarding High Performers and Chopping Benefits

By on February 20, 2020 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Rewarding High Performers and Chopping Benefits

OPM has released its proposed legislative changes impacting pay and benefits for the federal workforce. Here is a summary.

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Federal Employees and Canceling Union Dues

By on February 18, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees and Canceling Union Dues

The FLRA has issued a decision overturning a long-standing restriction that made it more difficult to cancel union dues payments.

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Cutting Federal Benefits to Align With Private Sector

By on February 11, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Cutting Federal Benefits to Align With Private Sector

The 2021 budget proposes major changes in federal benefits to align more closely with private sector benefits.

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Task Force Proposes Eliminating FERS

By on February 7, 2020 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Task Force Proposes Eliminating FERS

A task force report urges major changes to the civil service system from pay and benefits to handling removal actions and appeals by federal employees.

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Your TSP and the Coronavirus

By on February 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Your TSP and the Coronavirus

Stock markets reacted quickly to news of a virus spreading quickly. The January TSP returns reflect this fear.

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FLRA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Regulations

By on January 29, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
FLRA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Regulations

The FLRA has extended time for public comments to proposed regulatory changes on federal labor relations issues.

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