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

L Funds to See Bump in Stock Holdings

By on April 18, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
L Funds to See Bump in Stock Holdings

The TSP is making changes to its Lifecycle funds by increasing the percentage invested in stocks and international stocks in order to improve returns.

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GAO Recommendations to Improve OPM Performance

By on April 15, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
GAO Recommendations to Improve OPM Performance

OPM was created to improve government efficiency and performance management, but a new GAO report suggests it has failed.

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Official Time, Telework and Labor Relations in 2019

By on April 10, 2019 in Court Cases, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Official Time, Telework and Labor Relations in 2019

An agency and a union went before the FSIP to resolve a bargaining dispute about official time and telework procedures. Here are the results.

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Use or Lose Leave and the Shutdown

By on April 8, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Use or Lose Leave and the Shutdown

Use or lose leave is annual leave that expires if regulatory requirements are not met, but what happens in the event of a shutdown? Do the requirements apply?

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Why Are the New Locality Pay Increases So Small?

By on April 4, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Are the New Locality Pay Increases So Small?

I was shocked by the small pay increases under the new locality areas. Am I missing something?

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Which TSP Fund Performed Best for 1st Quarter of 2019?

By on April 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Fund Performed Best for 1st Quarter of 2019?

Which TSP fund has the best return for the 1st quarter in 2019? Here are all of the TSP returns for the month of March, year-to-date and the past 12 months.

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Winners and Losers in Locality Pay Areas

By on April 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Winners and Losers in Locality Pay Areas

Which areas received the biggest locality pay increases in 2019 and which ones received the smallest increases?

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At Long Last: Revised 2019 Annual Salaries Released

By on March 28, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
At Long Last: Revised 2019 Annual Salaries Released

FedSmith readers have anxiously been awaiting the finalized salary figures for 2019 that reflect the pay raise. Here is how much your pay will be for the remainder of the year.

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President Nominates FLRA General Counsel

By on March 28, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
President Nominates FLRA General Counsel

A nomination has been made for the position of General Counsel at the FLRA. How many cases are being held pending confirmation of a new GC?

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When Do I Begin Receiving the FERS Annuity Supplement?

By on March 26, 2019 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
When Do I Begin Receiving the FERS Annuity Supplement?

 I just received my first interim FERS payment. When can I expect to begin receiving the supplement?

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