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

Agency Head Has Become A National Embarrassment

By on September 17, 2002 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Actions by the head of the US Commission on Civil Rights have made the agency ineffective and an embarrassment to the Administration

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TSP Investors Coping, Changing with Bear Market In Stocks

By on September 10, 2002 in Retirement with 0 Comments

TSP investors are changing how they invest their retirement funds in this bear market. Many are also changing their retirement plans.

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C Fund Shows Positive Return for August

By on September 5, 2002 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The C Fund is down about 18% for the past twelve months but turned positive for August 2002.

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Going for the Gold: Harvard to Reluctantly Accept Recruiters from United States Military

By on August 28, 2002 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Harvard Reluctantly Accepts Military Recruiters on Campus

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One Way to Destroy Your Retirement Plans: Buy High and Sell Low

By on August 21, 2002 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Investors usually flee stock funds at the end of stock market declines, just in time to lose out on the next round of gains.

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FDA Employees Leaving Creating Problems for the Agency and Industry

By on August 19, 2002 in Agency News with 0 Comments

Employees of the FDA are leaving in greater numbers than at other similar agencies

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No Blood, No Foul, No Unfair Labor Practice

By on August 15, 2002 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 0 Comments

Political battle arises over the creation of the Department of Homeland Security but this recent decision from the FLRA may give the Administration ammunition in its argument that the current program isn’t efficient or effective.

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Investing Your Retirement Funds: Is Your Retirement Dream Fading With Your TSP Fund?

By on August 10, 2002 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Should you invest in stocks? Yes, but be careful. The C Fund is a good long term investment and you may have short term interests.

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Politics and Unions: FOP Has Significant Influence In Administration on Law Enforcement Issues

By on August 3, 2002 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The Fraternal Order of Police has significant influence in the Bush Administration.

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Politics, Money, and Unions: Reality Strikes Home In the Department of Homeland Security

By on July 29, 2002 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Federal employee unions gave big bucks to the Democrats in previous elections. Now that a Republican occupies the White House, it isn’t surprising that they don’t have much influence.

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