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

How Much Did TSP Funds Drop in 2018?

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How Much Did TSP Funds Drop in 2018?

TSP stock funds were all down in 2018 but bond funds are up. Here is a summary of how TSP funds finished out the year.

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Biggest Events for Feds in 2018

By on December 31, 2018 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Biggest Events for Feds in 2018

What were the most significant events for federal employees in 2018? Here is a summary.

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Can a 2019 Pay Raise Be Applied Retroactively?

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Can a 2019 Pay Raise Be Applied Retroactively?

Could Congress authorize a 2019 pay raise that would be applied retroactively?

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Pay Freeze Stands for 2019

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Pay Freeze Stands for 2019

Because Congress has not overridden the president’s proposed pay freeze, and an Executive Order has been issued freezing pay, no raise is expected in 2019.

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OPM General Counsel Will Continue as MSPB Chairman

By on December 23, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
OPM General Counsel Will Continue as MSPB Chairman

The new OPM General Counsel will work concurrently at OPM and MSPB.

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2019 Pay Raise on Life Support

By on December 20, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2019 Pay Raise on Life Support

The possibility of a 2019 pay raise for federal employees is possible but increasingly unlikely.

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Reforming the Federal Bureaucracy

By on December 19, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Reforming the Federal Bureaucracy

A new report highlights problems in running an efficient federal government. Some of its proposed changes would directly impact federal employees’ pay and benefits.

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Trump Gives Federal Employees Extra Holiday on Christmas Eve

By on December 19, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Trump Gives Federal Employees Extra Holiday on Christmas Eve

President Trump has issued an Executive Order giving most federal employees an extra holiday on December 24, 2018. Merry Christmas!

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Decision Over-Turning Executive Orders Goes to Next Level Court

By on December 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Decision Over-Turning Executive Orders Goes to Next Level Court

A District Court decision overturning major provisions of three Executive Orders has been appealed. Here is a summary of the arguments made by Justice Department.

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6 New Locality Pay Areas Coming in 2019

By on December 5, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
6 New Locality Pay Areas Coming in 2019

OPM has issued a final rule to add six new locality pay areas in 2019 that will impact roughly 70,000 federal employees.

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