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

VA Restricting Salary to Federal Employees Representing Unions

By on November 9, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
VA Restricting Salary to Federal Employees Representing Unions

OPM issues new guidance to agencies and the VA cuts of use of official time for medical professionals to focus on “putting veterans first.”

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Mid-Term Elections and Federal Employee Pay and Benefits

By on November 7, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Mid-Term Elections and Federal Employee Pay and Benefits

The change in Congressional control of the House will result in a new emphasis on federal employee issues. Here is an overview.

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Timing the Market Can Lower Your TSP Balance

By on November 5, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Timing the Market Can Lower Your TSP Balance

TSP investors transferred millions from the G fund into stock funds in September, just in time to lose money in October as the market went down.

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FLRA to Close Boston Regional Office

By on November 1, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
FLRA to Close Boston Regional Office

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is closing its offices in Boston, Massachusetts. Here is what this means for pending cases.

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Which TSP Funds Had the Largest Losses in October?

By on November 1, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Funds Had the Largest Losses in October?

Stock funds went down in October. See which funds were the biggest losers for the month.

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What is the Average Age of Retiring Federal Employees?

By on October 30, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What is the Average Age of Retiring Federal Employees?

OPM has released retirement statistics for federal employees leaving the workforce for the last several fiscal years. How do you compare to the average retiree?

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Salary Council Recommends More Locality Pay Areas

By on October 23, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Salary Council Recommends More Locality Pay Areas

The Federal Salary Council has made a number of recommendations for expanding and increasing federal locality pay.

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OPM Assumes No Pay Raise in 2019

By on October 18, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Assumes No Pay Raise in 2019

Will there be a federal employee pay raise for 2019? A new memo from OPM casts some doubt over the possibility.

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Federal Employee Annual Raises and Inflation

By on October 17, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Federal Employee Annual Raises and Inflation

An earlier article compared the average federal pay raise for a number of years to the rate of inflation. Some readers wanted more data. Here it is.

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Involve Congress in Your TSP Investments?

By on October 13, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Involve Congress in Your TSP Investments?

FedSmith readers have strong opinions about legislative proposals from politicians who want to make changes to the TSP.

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