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

TSP Politics: New Nominees Would Replace Some FRTIB Members

By on May 5, 2020 2:39 PM 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 11:34 AM 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 2:14 PM in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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 7:44 AM 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 12:43 PM 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 2:02 PM 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 10:55 AM in Leadership with 0 Comments

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

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Will COVID-19 Impact TSP Options?

By on April 8, 2020 1:38 PM in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Will COVID-19 Impact TSP Options?

When will the new I Fund index take effect, and will TSP investors be allowed to withdraw up to $100,000 without a penalty?

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Zipper Clauses, Unions and Lawsuits

By on April 6, 2020 11:48 AM in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Zipper Clauses, Unions and Lawsuits

FLRA is seeking comments on whether a “zipper clause” is a required bargaining topic; AFGE has sued FLRA and FSIP seeking Senate confirmation of FSIP members.

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TSP Millionaires’ Account Balances Infected by Coronavirus

By on April 3, 2020 10:34 AM in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Millionaires’ Account Balances Infected by Coronavirus

The number of TSP millionaires took a sharp drop in the first quarter of 2020.

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