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

Increasing Performance Value in Reduction-in-Force (RIF)

December 20, 2020 12:35 PM

Proposed regulations for a reduction-in-force would place more emphasis on quality of performance and less on length of service.

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Feds in DC: Five Days Off With One Day of Leave

December 17, 2020 12:56 PM , Updated January 15, 2021 8:05 AM
Feds in DC: Five Days Off With One Day of Leave

Many federal employees in the Washington, DC area will have two holidays in one week in January 2021.

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Unscheduled Leave/Telework Authorized in DC Area Wednesday

December 15, 2020 10:27 PM
Unscheduled Leave/Telework Authorized in DC Area Wednesday

OPM announced agencies in DC are open in Wednesday with the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

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President Trump Gives Federal Employees a Four Day Christmas Weekend

December 11, 2020 8:20 PM
President Trump Gives Federal Employees a Four Day Christmas Weekend

President Trump has signed an Executive Order giving most federal employees an extra day off on Christmas Eve.

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TSP Announces Significant Transaction Dates

December 9, 2020 5:15 AM , Updated December 10, 2020 4:19 PM
TSP Announces Significant Transaction Dates

The TSP has announced significant dates for end-of-year financial transactions.

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Extra Time Off for Federal Employees on Christmas Eve?

December 7, 2020 6:13 AM , Updated December 12, 2020 3:59 AM
Extra Time Off for Federal Employees on Christmas Eve?

Will President Trump give federal employees extra time off at Christmas? There is a precedent for it.

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A TSP Fund Up 71% Since March?

December 1, 2020 10:35 AM
A TSP Fund Up 71% Since March?

Can a TSP Fund go up 71% within one year? This one has.

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Agencies Begin Implementing Schedule F

November 24, 2020 1:54 PM

At least two agencies are identifying positions to move federal employees under Schedule F per a recent executive order. What could go wrong?

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Cutting Federal Agency Costs for Union Activity

November 19, 2020 11:42 AM
Cutting Federal Agency Costs for Union Activity

How much official time was used by federal employee unions in FY 2019? The latest report from OPM breaks it down.

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One TSP Fund Up 12.9% in November

November 16, 2020 12:30 PM
One TSP Fund Up 12.9% in November

There has been a big turnaround in TSP stock funds in November and changes to investing TSP index funds.

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