2017 FEHB Premium Rates to Increase By 4.4 Percent Average
A complete breakdown of the new premium rates for the Federal Employees Health Benefits program is provided by OPM [ MORE ]

Tips on Updating Beneficiaries to Your Federal Benefits
Federal retirement expert, Chris Kowalik, shares tips and insights for federal employees to ensure their federal benefits have the correct beneficiaries assigned. In this segment, she helps federal employees to understand how beneficiaries work, and what happens if no one is assigned to receive the benefit upon the death of an employee or retiree. Stay tuned for a big surprise to the most common beneficiary named -- and what happens in the aftermath [ MORE ]

FSAFEDS Website Back in Business After Blackout
The Office of Personnel Management announced the all-new FSAFEDS website -- the portal for federal employees to manage their flexible spending accounts (FSAs) -- is open for business to serve current FSAFEDS participants [ MORE ]

Reverse Rollover of IRA and Retirement Assets Could Benefit Many Federal Employees
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - September 26, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses how a reverse rollover into the TSP is performed and why a reverse rollover many benefit many TSP participants [ MORE ]

Back Pay Interest Calculator Released by OPM
The new web-based back pay interest calculator will assist with the computation of back pay awards and interest payments for federal employees in certain situations [ MORE ]

2017 Federal Retiree COLA Watch
UPDATED: September 20, 2016
There's hope for a small COLA for federal retirees in 2017, but the definite answer won't come until mid-October. [ MORE ]

How Annual Leave and Sick Leave Affect Your Federal Retirement
Federal retirement expert, Chris Kowalik, helps federal employees to understand how each type of leave is paid out, some special considerations for each, and how to maximize both types of leave upon retiring from federal service [ MORE ]

TSP Withdrawal Option: Full Withdrawal - TSP Annuity
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses how a TSP annuity works, its advantages and disadvantages, and which TSP participant would likely benefit from purchasing a TSP annuity [ MORE ]

What Every Federal Employee Needs to Know About Estate Planning - Part II
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - September 09, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the non-financial aspects to a good estate plan. [ MORE ]

President OKs 2017 Federal Employee Pay Raise
The 1.6 percent average 2017 federal pay raise includes a 1 percent across-the-board increase with a 0.6 percent adjustment for locality pay [ MORE ]

Checklist for September 2016 FEGLI Open Season
A step-by-step guide to help federal employees identify their current coverage, assess their life insurance needs, and make their Open Season election Sept. 1-30, 2016 [ MORE ]

New IRS Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers
The self-certification procedure is designed to help recipients of retirement plan distributions who inadvertently miss the 60-day time limit for properly rolling these amounts into another retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement [ MORE ]

Considerations and Recommendations for the 2016 FEGLI Open Season
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - August 24, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, provides insight on the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program before they enroll in it or add to their existing coverage during the open season in September [ MORE ]

2016 FEHB Open Season Dates Announced by OPM
During the open season, employees can take certain actions for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Flexible Spending Account Program, and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program [ MORE ]

How CSRS Employees Are Impacted by Social Security's WEP and GPO Provisions
Federal retirement expert, Chris Kowalik, helps eligible CSRS employees understand how their Social Security benefit may be financially impacted by two provisions -- the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset -- so they know what to expect in retirement [ MORE ]

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