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

Crowdfunding, Shutdown, Federal Employees and Ethics

By on February 20, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Crowdfunding, Shutdown, Federal Employees and Ethics

Federal employees who set up a crowdfunding page may have created an ethics problem. Here is what OGE is telling agencies about crowdfunding and the shutdown.

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How Will the Pay Raise Impact Locality Pay?

By on February 18, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Will the Pay Raise Impact Locality Pay?

How will the 2019 pay raise impact locality pay, and what does the Pay Agent have to say about new locality pay areas?

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Impact of the Government Shutdown on the IRS

By on February 14, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Impact of the Government Shutdown on the IRS

The annual report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service outlines the impact of the shutdown on the IRS and agency problems as a result of using 1960’s computer technology.

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1.9% Retroactive Pay Raise Now Likely

By on February 14, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
1.9% Retroactive Pay Raise Now Likely

A raise of 1.9% appears more likely than seemed possible a few weeks ago. Here is the latest.

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MSPB Backlog May See Relief This Year

By on February 13, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
MSPB Backlog May See Relief This Year

There has been some movement in the Senate on confirming MSPB nominees. At the moment, many cases are still frozen due to the lack of a quorum at the agency.

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Another Shutdown? Clues from the President’s Speech

By on February 6, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Will there be another shutdown? Federal employees, and probably most Americans, would prefer an agreement and moving on. Here are clues from the State of the Union speech.

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How Many Millionaires Are in the Thrift Savings Plan?

By on February 4, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Many Millionaires Are in the Thrift Savings Plan?

The bull market in stocks has increased the number of millionaires in the TSP, but the number did decline in 2018.

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Which TSP Fund Returned More Than 11% in January?

By on February 1, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Which TSP Fund Returned More Than 11% in January?

What impact has the shutdown and stock market volatility had on TSP returns? See which TSP fund had its best January return since the TSP’s inception.

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2.6 Percent Raise for Federal Employees?

By on January 31, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2.6 Percent Raise for Federal Employees?

An overall pay raise for the federal workforce is still a possibility. Here is a summary of what is going on now.

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OPM Working to Get Federal Employees Paid Quickly

By on January 27, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
OPM Working to Get Federal Employees Paid Quickly

OPM has issued guidance to agencies to have employees paid quickly who were impacted by the shutdown. The guidance also answers common questions about leave and pay.

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