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Federal Employees Should Make Their 2015 TSP Contribution Election Before December 20
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Ed Zurndorfer discusses why FERS-covered employees should keep the annual elective deferral contribution limit in mind when deciding how much they will contribute to their TSP account each pay period. . . . more
TSP Issues End-of-Year Processing Schedule for 2014
December 10, 2014
The schedule includes information about when transactions (including withdrawals and monthly payments) will be processed, as well as when the TSP will be closed during the holiday season . . . more
How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes in Making Beneficiary Designations
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
A complete and comprehensive estate plan includes properly filled out beneficiary designation forms. Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses what federal employees need to consider in avoiding the biggest mistakes in making their beneficiary designations . . . more
OPM Issues Rule on Adding Self-Plus-One Option to FEHB
December 4, 2014
enrollment type will be available starting in the 2015 Open Season for the 2016 plan year . . . more
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: December 2, 2014
View the latest Thrift Savings Plan returns . . . more
Are You in Danger of Making Errors in Retirement Account Withdrawals?
by L. Ronald Blair, CFP®, CPCU, AAMS, RFC
As we age, more questions and concerns about taking distributions from IRA and 401(k) plans seem to surface . . . more
What to Consider During the Federal Benefits Open Season
November 20, 2014
OPM provides three basic questions you should ask yourself this open season -- which ends December 8, 2014 . . . more
Recent Surge in the Stock Market and Size of TSP Accounts Has Renewed Interest in Early Retirement
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Those federal employees who are thinking about retiring at an earlier age need to consider a number of issues before deciding to retire early. Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, provides a checklist . . . more
Strategies to Ease Student Loan Repayment Burden
Sharla D. Rountree, Certified Financial Planner
It's important after the student graduates to do a complete analysis of options and costs . . . more
2014 FEHB Open Season: New Plan Brochures, Premium Rates and Comparison Tools Now Available
November 6, 2014
The Office of Personnel Management has provided the specific information online for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for the 2015 plan year . . . more
Federal Employees and Annuitants Must Make Important Decisions During Upcoming Benefits Open Season
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses some of the important questions employees and annuitants have to ask during the open season regarding their insurance coverages for the 2015 plan year . . . more
Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: A Reflection of Life's Changes
Robert R. McGill
Stress becomes an inherent part of the entire administrative process in filing for federal disability retirement benefits . . . more
2015 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits Announced by IRS
October 25, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service announced last week the cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015 -- including the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan . . . more
Comparing a Phased Annuitant and a Reemployed Annuitant Part II: FERS
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
The government now has two programs available at many agencies for retiring employees who want to remain in the federal workforce. They are "phased" retirement and "rehired" annuitants. In this column, Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses these programs for employees covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), including "Trans" FERS employees . . . more
Comparing a Phased Annuitant and a Reemployed Annuitant Part I: CSRS
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
The government now has two programs available at many agencies for retiring employees who want to remain in the federal workforce. They are "phased" retirement and "rehired" annuitants. In this column, Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the benefits of each program for those employees under CSRS and CSRS Offset . . . more
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Premiums to Increase in 2015
October 8, 2014
The Office of Personnel Management announced the overall average premium increase will be 3.2 percent for 2015 . . . more
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Recent Articles & Resources
 Federal Employees Should Make Their 2015 TSP Contribution Election Before December 20
 TSP Issues End-of-Year Processing Schedule for 2014
 How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes in Making Beneficiary Designations
 OPM Issues Rule on Adding Self-Plus-One Option to FEHB
 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: Decemb