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

Ensuring Accuracy of Federal Employee Personnel Files

By on October 12, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Ensuring Accuracy of Federal Employee Personnel Files

OPM has issued guidance for agencies on maintaining accurate personnel files consistent with the requirements of an Executive Order issued in May.

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2019 to Have Largest COLA Increase in 7 Years

By on October 11, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2019 to Have Largest COLA Increase in 7 Years

What will the COLA increase be in 2019? Here is the new figure based on data just released early this morning.

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TSP Stock Prices Surge in 3rd Quarter

By on October 1, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Stock Prices Surge in 3rd Quarter

TSP investors are enjoying a good year for stock market returns. Here are the TSP funds that have the highest returns for the month and the year.

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DOJ Appeals Initial Decision on Executive Orders

By on September 29, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
DOJ Appeals Initial Decision on Executive Orders

The Department of Justice is seeking an expedited resolution in its appeal of an initial decision overturning major provisions of 3 Executive Orders.

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IRS Employees in New Undercover Video

By on September 26, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments

In the latest undercover video designed to portray a “deep state” in government, an IRS employee explains why he regrets having to follow the Constitution and why he likes working at the agency.

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Undercover Video Leads to Losing Federal Job

By on September 25, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Undercover Video Leads to Losing Federal Job

A Justice Department employee who recently appeared in an undercover video is no longer employed by the agency.

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Congress, Political Objectives, and Your TSP

By on September 23, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Congress, Political Objectives, and Your TSP

Should the TSP be used as a way to achieve social and political objectives?

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Waiting for an MSPB Decision? Don’t Hold Your Breath

By on September 21, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Waiting for an MSPB Decision? Don’t Hold Your Breath

It is unlikely the MSPB will have new members confirmed in 2018. The most likely scenario is that there will not be any Board members as of March 1, 2019.

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Using Government Software and Information to “Resist” Administration

By on September 20, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments

More videos have been released with federal employees explaining how they “resist” federal policies. One employee works for GAO and says he is a communist.

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Deep State? “It’s Impossible to Fire Federal Employees.”

By on September 19, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments

A video with a federal employee purportedly working as a “deep state” operative at the Department of State has been released.

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