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

Freedom from Union Dues for Some Federal Employees

Freedom from Union Dues for Some Federal Employees

The FLRA has published a rule giving federal employees more leeway in canceling the withholding of union dues

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Will There Be a Pay Raise for Federal Employees? Delving into the Morass

July 8, 2020 12:09 PM
Will There Be a Pay Raise for Federal Employees? Delving into the Morass

Where do we stand on approval of a pay raise in 2021 for the federal workforce?

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What are the Highest Rated Federal Employee Benefits?

July 6, 2020 12:48 PM
What are the Highest Rated Federal Employee Benefits?

What do federal employees think of their benefits? OPM has released its latest survey results.

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Which TSP Fund Up 8.65% in 12 Months?

Which TSP Fund Up 8.65% in 12 Months?

How did the TSP funds perform in June? The best performing fund in the last year may surprise you.

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Trump or Biden? Results of Reader Survey

June 30, 2020 9:34 AM
Trump or Biden? Results of Reader Survey

Which candidate do FedSmith readers favor in the 2020 presidential election? Here are the results.

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Supreme Court Orders Restructuring of CFPB

June 29, 2020 11:45 AM
Supreme Court Orders Restructuring of CFPB

The Supreme Court has determined in a 5-4 decision that the structure of a controversial agency created in 2008 must be restructured.

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Changing Focus of Federal Hiring from College to Experience

June 26, 2020 2:09 PM
Changing Focus of Federal Hiring from College to Experience

President Trump has signed an executive order on the federal hiring process that focuses more on qualifications and less on receiving a college degree.

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Trump or Biden? Express Your Preference

June 23, 2020 1:23 PM
Trump or Biden? Express Your Preference

Which leading candidate will receive your vote to be president in the upcoming election?

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New L Funds Launching July 1

June 22, 2020 1:11 PM
New L Funds Launching July 1

A variety of new L Fund options are coming soon to the TSP.

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GAO Weighs in on Annual COLA Calculations

June 19, 2020 6:51 AM
GAO Weighs in on Annual COLA Calculations

GAO recommends the BLS evaluate the data sources used to calculate the annual COLA as they may not be accurate.

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