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

TSP: Latest Facts and Figures

By on June 2, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP: Latest Facts and Figures

How large is the TSP now, and how do TSP investors allocate their investments?

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Who Decides When Work Gets Done: Employee or Supervisor?

By on May 28, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Who Decides When Work Gets Done: Employee or Supervisor?

A recent FLRA case addresses whether federal employees or agencies decide when work gets performed.

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Can Congress Overturn an OPM Reclassification Decision?

By on May 22, 2019 in Human Resources, Q&A with 0 Comments
Can Congress Overturn an OPM Reclassification Decision?

Is there any precedent for employees “winning” reclassification of their position via legal/political means?

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Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

By on May 16, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Politics, Fossil Fuel and the TSP

A bill has been introduced to create a Climate Choice Stock Fund to mitigate the dangers of climate change for TSP investors.

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“LOVE Act” and the State Department

By on May 12, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
“LOVE Act” and the State Department

Recently introduced legislation would require the State Department to take actions for firing employees decades ago based on sexual orientation.

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COLAs, Locality Pay and Raises

By on May 9, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
COLAs, Locality Pay and Raises

Why did federal employees get a smaller raise than the annual COLA? Here is a quick explanation.

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Filling Out the Impasses Panel

By on May 6, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Filling Out the Impasses Panel

President Trump has reappointed two FSIP members. What impact will this have on federal employees’ case decisions?

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Bill Would Expand Retirement Options for Some Feds

By on May 3, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Bill Would Expand Retirement Options for Some Feds

A bill in Congress would allow a buyback for time working as a temporary employee to count toward federal retirement payments.

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Which TSP Funds Are Ahead in This Vibrant Stock Market?

By on May 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Funds Are Ahead in This Vibrant Stock Market?

How did the TSP funds perform in April, and what is the most popular fund among plan participants?

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Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

By on April 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Dismantling OPM and Changing the Face of the Federal HR Program

The dismantling of OPM is starting with a new executive order transferring much of the OPM work to the Department of Defense.

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