Obama Authorizes 2017 Locality Pay Raise for Federal Employees
President Obama officially authorized and released Tuesday the 2017 locality pay rates for federal employees, effective Jan. 1. [ MORE ]

Retirement Benefits for Special Provision Employees (Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters & Air Traffic Controllers)
Federal retirement expert, Chris Kowalik, shares her candid insights on how federal employees who are Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Air Traffic Controller are affected by different rules in several of their benefits [ MORE ]

Should Employees, Annuitants Enroll in the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program?
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, provides the questions employees should ask to determine if they should enroll in the federal dental and vision program (FEDVIP) [ MORE ]

Corrections on Certain Federal Retirement and Benefits Election Forms No Longer Accepted by OPM
The Office of Personnel Management released guidance in response to receiving a number of retirement packages containing corrections on certain benefits election forms [ MORE ]

Why Federal Employees Should Consider Enrolling in a Health Care Flexible Spending Account for 2017
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - November 14, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses health care flexible spending accounts and how HCFSAs can benefit all federal employees, including those employees not enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program [ MORE ]

2017 Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles Announced
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday the 2017 premiums for the Medicare physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs [ MORE ]

How Making a Military Service Deposit Affects Your Federal Pension
Federal retirement expert, Chris Kowalik, shares how a federal employee who has military service may benefit from making a deposit to get credit under the CSRS or FERS programs [ MORE ]

2016 FEHB Open Season: New Healthcare Plan Brochures, Premium Rates and Comparison Tools Now Available
UPDATED: November 8, 2016
The Office of Personnel Management has released the specific information online for the 2017 plan year of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Dental and vision (FEDVIP) details are also available. [ MORE ]

Health Savings Accounts Can Benefit Federal Employees and Annuitants
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - November 07, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses what an HSA is, and why HSAs will continue to be useful as the cost of health insurance premiums continue to increase [ MORE ]

2016 Medicare Open Enrollment Shopping Tips
By doing some shopping around, Medicare enrollees can potentially save hundreds of dollars on out-of-pocket costs and premiums [ MORE ]

TSP Issues Warning on Use of Third-Party Mobile Applications
These applications are not sponsored by the Thrift Savings Plan and may jeopardize the security of your account [ MORE ]

2017 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits Announced by IRS
The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday the cost-of-living adjustments affecting 2017 Thrift Savings Plan contribution limits -- as well as dollar limitations for pension plans, IRAs, and other retirement-related items. [ MORE ]

Lawmakers Renew Push for Emergency Payment to Offset Low 2017 COLA
The Seniors and Veteran Emergency (SAVE) Benefits Act would provide a one-time payment of $581 to Social Security recipients to offset the zero cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2016, and low 0.3% COLA for 2017 [ MORE ]

OPM Launches 'Federal Annuitant Benefits Survey'
The survey will gather information on how retired individuals enrolled in health benefits through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) rate their experience with their health plan [ MORE ]

Using Before-Taxed Dollars to Pay Premiums Makes FEHB Health Insurance Less Costly
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - October 19, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of "premium conversion" -- a program that has resulted in thousands of tax dollar savings for federal employees. Includes Premium Conversion Financial Worksheet [ MORE ]

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