Obama to Propose 1.6 Percent Federal Pay Raise for 2017
President Obama will include an across-the-board 1.6 percent pay raise for federal employees in his fiscal 2017 budget proposal [ MORE ]

Second Chance: Limited Enrollment Period for FEHB Self Plus One Option Starts Feb. 1
The Office of Personnel Management will administer a limited enrollment period to the new Self Plus One option for active employees Feb. 1 - 29, 2016 [ MORE ]

State-By-State Guide to Taxes for Retirees
The free online tool provides a detailed summary of state taxes on income, property, and everything you buy [ MORE ]

Tax Form 1099-R Now Available for TSP Withdrawals and Federal Retirement Annuity Payments
IRS Form 1099-R, Distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. is now available for Thrift Savings Plan participants and federal retirement annuitants [ MORE ]

Many Federal Employees and Annuitants Are Affected by New Social Security Rules
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - January 26, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses what the end of "file and suspend" and "restrict an application" means to federal employees, annuitants, as well as to their spouses and families [ MORE ]

Guide to Thrift Savings Plan Loans
Considering a TSP loan? Here are some helpful resources regarding the types of loans allowed, the rules for borrowing, repaying the loan, and how to apply [ MORE ]

How Household Spending Changes in Retirement
On average, households spend less once they retire -- but not all households, and not in the same ways, according to new research [ MORE ]

New Ruling: FEHB Enrollment Options Following Termination of Plan or Plan Option
A final rule to amend the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations regarding enrollment options following the termination of a plan or plan option became effective on January 1, 2016 [ MORE ]

Video: TSP 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty Tax
If you receive a TSP distribution before you reach age 59½, you may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty tax in addition to the regular income tax. [ MORE ]

After Record-Breaking FEHB Open Season, Federal Employees Get A Second Chance to Enroll in New Self Plus One Option
The Office of Personnel Management is offering an additional limited enrollment period in February for the new self plus one option [ MORE ]

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Premium Changes Effective Jan. 1
FEGLI premium rates changed for some types of coverage effective Jan. 1 -- and a rare FEGLI open season is planned for September [ MORE ]

Best Dates to Retire for CSRS and FERS Employees During 2016, 2017 and 2018
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - January 04, 2016
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the best dates for CSRS and FERS employees during 2017 and 2018, with an updated discussion for best retirement dates during 2016 [ MORE ]

December 31st Deadline Approaching for 2015 Nonspousal IRA Beneficiary MRD
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner - December 23, 2015
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses the minimum required distributions rules for nonspousal IRA beneficiaries and why these beneficiaries should be aware of the soon-to-be 2015 MRD deadline of December 31, 2015 [ MORE ]

2016 Federal Pay Schedules Issued by OPM
The Office of Personnel Management has issued the official 2016 Federal Pay Tables for General Schedule, Locality Pay, and other federal wage categories [ MORE ]

2016 Federal Pay Raise Moves Forward After Budget Deal
By Congress taking no position for an increase in 2016, the pay raise will default to the amount previously directed by President Obama [ MORE ]

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