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

Federal Employees, Unions and Political Donations

By on January 27, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Unions and Political Donations

Politics and federal employees can be tricky. Here are the federal employee unions with the largest donations to politicians.

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Feeling the Squeeze of Executive Orders

By on January 23, 2020 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Feeling the Squeeze of Executive Orders

An agency has asked the FLRA for guidance on implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders impacting federal employee unions.

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Federal Employees’ Favorite Topics in 2019

By on January 16, 2020 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Employees’ Favorite Topics in 2019

Which topics were of the most interest to federal employees in 2019? Here is the top 20 list of the most popular FedSmith articles last year.

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Surging Number of Federal Employee Millionaires

By on January 13, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Surging Number of Federal Employee Millionaires

The number of TSP millionaires has dramatically increased in the past year and increased by tens of thousands over the past few years.

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Trends in TSP Investing

By on January 6, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Trends in TSP Investing

Investors in the TSP change over time. The G Fund has decreased in popularity in recent years and the popularity of the Lifecycle funds continues to increase.

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Best TSP Fund Return in 2019: 31.45%

By on January 2, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Best TSP Fund Return in 2019: 31.45%

Despite gloomy investment predictions for 2019, TSP investors fared well. One TSP fund had a return of 31.45% for the year.

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The Winners in 2020 Locality Pay Are…

By on December 27, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Winners in 2020 Locality Pay Are…

Which locality pay areas will receive the biggest raise in 2020 and which will get the lowest? Here are all of the locality pay rates for 2020.

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The 2020 Pay Raise is Now Official

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The 2020 Pay Raise is Now Official

President Trump has signed an Executive Order implementing the 2020 pay raise.

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No New Locality Pay Areas in 2020

By on December 24, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
No New Locality Pay Areas in 2020

A new President’s Pay Agent report does not add locality pay areas in 2020 and finds the Salary Council’s method of comparing pay with private sector “lacks credibility”.

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2020 Pay Raise Unfair to Retirees?

By on December 23, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2020 Pay Raise Unfair to Retirees?

Which group comes out ahead in determining a COLA or the annual federal pay raise?

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