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

Joe Biden: Federal Reemployed Annuitant?

November 13, 2020 8:33 AM
Joe Biden: Federal Reemployed Annuitant?

Joe Biden receives a federal pension from his decades in the Senate. Will he still receive it if he becomes president?

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Will It Be Harder to Fire a Federal Employee Under a Biden Administration?

November 10, 2020 7:50 AM , Updated November 12, 2020 6:54 PM

Executive orders are easier to issue than passing a law and also easier to revoke than a law. These are some likely changes under a Biden administration.

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Elections and a Federal Employee Pay Raise

November 8, 2020 7:19 AM , Updated November 12, 2020 6:56 PM
Elections and a Federal Employee Pay Raise

How will recent elections and political discord impact the 2021 federal employee pay raise?

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FLRA: Immigration Judges are Management Officials

November 4, 2020 12:14 PM , Updated November 4, 2020 3:25 PM
FLRA: Immigration Judges are Management Officials

The FLRA has concluded that immigration judges are management officials and should not be in a bargaining unit represented by a federal employee union.

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A Surprising TSP Fund Leading in 2020

November 1, 2020 12:14 PM
A Surprising TSP Fund Leading in 2020

One TSP stock fund has showed strength in an unusual year and one surprising TSP fund leads all others so far in 2020.

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OPM Guidance to Agencies on the “Schedule F-Bomb”

October 26, 2020 9:15 AM

OPM has issued guidance on placing federal employees into Schedule F and removing normal civil service procedures for hiring and firing.

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Amidst Volatility, One TSP Fund Up More than 10%

October 25, 2020 7:45 AM
Amidst Volatility, One TSP Fund Up More than 10%

Despite dramatic ups and downs, one TSP stock fund is up more than 10% in 2020.

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Creating a New Class of Federal Employees

October 22, 2020 9:52 AM , Updated October 26, 2020 8:26 AM

A new executive order has been issued creating a new hiring schedule to make make it faster and easier to hire and fire some federal employees.

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Firing a Federal Employee Easier and Quicker

October 18, 2020 10:08 AM , Updated October 23, 2020 2:22 PM
Firing a Federal Employee Easier and Quicker

OPM has issued a final rule to streamline the federal employee removal process.

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2021 COLA for Federal Retirees: 1.3%

October 13, 2020 9:40 AM
2021 COLA for Federal Retirees: 1.3%

Here are details on the annual cost of living adjustment federal retirees can expect in 2021.

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