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Annuitants Likely to Receive Larger COLA Than Employee Pay Increase For the Second Consecutive Year
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, explains how federal employee pay increases and retiree COLA's are determined . . . more
Changes to Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) in 2015 Announced
OPM announced the FSAFEDS program will be adopting carryover and reducing minimum elections for 2015 . . . more
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: September 2, 2014
View the latest Thrift Savings Plan returns . . . more
Saving Social Security
Sharla D. Rountree, Certified Financial Planner
With Social Security benefits having exceeded revenues since 2010, the conversation to "save" the program is heating up . . . more
An Update to Federal Retirement and Insurance Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, reviews the changes to all federal retirement and other benefit programs resulting from the June 26, 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed into law in 1996 . . . more
Guide to CSRS Offset Retirement Benefits and Rules
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, unravels the complicated rules and benefits of CSRS Offset retirement . . . more
2014 FEHB Open Season Dates Announced by OPM
August 12, 2014
During the open season, employees can take certain actions for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) . . . more
OPM Issues Final Rule on Phased Retirement
August 13, 2014
A frequently-asked-questions guide on the program is also now available . . . more
TSP Participants Who Want to Name Non-Spouses as Beneficiaries Should Complete Proper Form
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses what Thrift Savings Plan participants need to do in order to name non-spouses (such as children) as their TSP beneficiary. Also presented is a recent court decision that illustrates why a will is not substitute for a formal beneficiary designation . . . more
Thrift Savings Plan Withdrawal Option: Life Annuity
A life annuity is one of your options for withdrawing your TSP account after you separate from federal service. If you want a guaranteed stream of payments for as long as you (or your joint annuitant) are alive, an annuity may be the right choice . . . more
CSRS and FERS Survivor Benefits: Lump Sum Credit
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefit expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses when a lump sum credit of the survivor benefit of a CSRS or FERS annuitant is paid . . . more
Understanding the Rules and Limitations for Receiving a Social Security Lump Sum Payment
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses how the Social Security lump sum option works, its limitations, and for which individuals the option makes sense . . . more
Your TSP Withdrawal Options After Leaving Federal Service
After leaving federal service, you may make a partial withdrawal and/or a full withdrawal from your Thrift Savings Plan account. There are a number of ways you can take the full withdrawal option for your entire account balance . . . more
Spousal Benefits Upon the Death of a Former Employee (CSRS or FERS)
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses benefits paid to the surviving spouse of a deceased former federal employee . . . more
Spousal Benefits Upon the Death of a FERS Employee
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses spousal benefits paid to a spouse of a deceased FERS employee . . . more
Spousal Survivor Benefits Paid Upon the Death of a CSRS Employee
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the spousal survivor benefits paid to a spouse of a CSRS or CSRS Offset employee who dies while still in federal service . . . more
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Recent Articles & Resources
 Annuitants Likely to Receive Larger COLA Than Employee Pay Increase For the Second Consecutive Year
 Changes to Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) in 2015 Announced
 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: Septe
 An Update to Federal Retirement and Insurance Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples
 Guide to CSRS Offset Retirement Benefits and Rules