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

Retirement: It Could Be Heaven or It Could Be Hell

By on June 11, 2003 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Take stock of what you plan to do after you retire. You will be a happier person if you honestly answer a few questions and base your decisions on those answers.

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GAO to OPM: Give Agencies More Flexibility in Human Resources

By on June 9, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

GAO looks at the role played by the Office of Personnel Management in changing the human resources structure in the Federal government.

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An "Amazing Oddity"

By on June 5, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The book author interviews Americans throughout the country to determine how they find satisfaction in their lives. He found an “amazing oddity” in a federal employee.

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S Fund is Big TSP Fund Winner for May

By on June 4, 2003 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The stock market continues to reflect a turn in the market psychology with all three TSP funds up substantially for the month of May.

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Protecting Your TSP Investment: GAO Looks at TSP Management

By on June 2, 2003 in Retirement with 0 Comments

What role does the Department of Labor play in overseeing the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board? The GAO looks at this issue in this new report.

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TSP Stock Fund Investors Feeling Good Again

By on June 1, 2003 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

Investors in the several stock funds of the TSP will feel a rush of joy when they see the returns for May.

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Free Land!

By on May 27, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Homestead National Monument highlights how the Homestead Act helped settle the American West.

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Feds Not Wild About Results of Recent Military Action

By on May 20, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Are you feeling more or less secure as a result of recent military actions by the United States? Here are results from the latest Fedsmith.com poll.

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Bear Market In Stocks Impacts TSP Investors Attitudes, Approaches to Investing

By on May 17, 2003 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The bear market in stocks has made some investors skittish about how to invest their money. Most are sticking with stocks to some degree but the lack of direction in the market indices is reflected in the overall comments and lack of consensus among our readers.

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Some Changes Advocated by DoD Should be Implemented Across Government Says GAO head

By on May 14, 2003 in Current Events with 0 Comments

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, GAO’s David Walker discussed the proposed reforms to the civil service structure in DoD and the implications of these reforms elsewhere in government.

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