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

GAO Weighs in on Annual COLA Calculations

By on June 19, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
GAO Weighs in on Annual COLA Calculations

GAO recommends the BLS evaluate the data sources used to calculate the annual COLA as they may not be accurate.

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Court of Appeals Overturns FLRA on Bargaining Issue

Court of Appeals Overturns FLRA on Bargaining Issue

A Court of Appeals has expanded the scope of bargaining in the federal government by overturning a decision of the FLRA.

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C Fund Turns Positive in 2020

By on June 9, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
C Fund Turns Positive in 2020

In what has been a volatile year, the TSP’s C Fund has turned positive in 2020 despite a dramatic downturn in March.

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Video Technology at the FLRA

By on June 7, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The FLRA is using videoconferencing on a limited basis but it may be useful on a broader scale.

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FRTIB Chairman Resigns

By on June 5, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Michael Kennedy, Chairman of the Retirement Thrift Investment Board, has announced his resignation.

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How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary

By on June 3, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How to Find a Federal Employee’s Salary

The database of federal employee salaries has recently been updated with new data. Here is an explanation of how to successfully locate specific records.

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Is the TSP Still Infected with the Coronavirus?

By on June 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Is the TSP Still Infected with the Coronavirus?

All of the TSP stock funds had positive returns in May with one fund gaining 8.79% for the month.

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Dramatic Decrease in Official Time at VA

By on May 29, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Dramatic Decrease in Official Time at VA

The VA is successfully implementing recent executive orders to restrict the use of official time and free office space previously used by unions.

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TSP Bounces Back for Federal Workers

By on May 28, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Bounces Back for Federal Workers

The TSP is providing positive returns for investors in May as people are going back to work and the economy may start turning around.

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26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says FSC

By on May 19, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says FSC

The Federal Salary Council has made recommendations for locality pay areas and a pay raise for federal employees in 2021.

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