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

No COLA in 2021?

By on May 18, 2020 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
No COLA in 2021?

Is there a possibility or probability of no cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2021 for Social Security recipients and federal retirees?

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TSP Delays Implementing I Fund Change

By on May 13, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Delays Implementing I Fund Change

The TSP’s I Fund will continue using the current index rather than a broader international index based on a decision made today.

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FedSmith Readers Largely Split on I Fund Investing in China

By on May 12, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
FedSmith Readers Largely Split on I Fund Investing in China

Do FedSmith readers support or oppose expanding I Fund investments into Chinese companies?

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TSP Politics: New Nominees Would Replace Some FRTIB Members

By on May 5, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Politics: New Nominees Would Replace Some FRTIB Members

As the TSP moves ahead to expand I Fund investments, President Trump has nominated new members for the TSP’s governing board.

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One TSP Fund Ahead About 16% in April

By on May 1, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
One TSP Fund Ahead About 16% in April

TSP stock fund prices surged ahead in April. See how your investments fared in this volatile environment.

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Federal Employees, Safety and Unions

By on April 29, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Safety and Unions

Federal employee unions are highlighting their conditions that “must be met” before employees return to work. Federal employees should exercise caution though.

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TSP Investors in a Bear Market

By on April 28, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Investors in a Bear Market

The stock market has been volatile and stock funds have been dropping in value. How have TSP investors reacted so far?

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Union Representation for Sex?

By on April 21, 2020 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Union Representation for Sex?

A former customs officer and NTEU chapter president was removed and his firing was upheld by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

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TSP Funds Rebounding from March Lows

By on April 18, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Funds Rebounding from March Lows

Good news for TSP investors: The TSP stock funds have started to bounce back from the stock market’s low point in March.

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Career Federal Employees in Forefront of COVID-19 Effort

By on April 15, 2020 in Leadership with 0 Comments
Career Federal Employees in Forefront of COVID-19 Effort

Two long-time federal employees are front and center amid government efforts to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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