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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
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
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
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: July 2, 2014
View the latest Thrift Savings Plan returns . . . 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
Senators Propose 3.3% Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2015
May 27, 2014
The Senate legislation is a companion to a House bill introduced in March . . . more
Medicare and the FEHB Program
This recorded webcast from OPM addresses the many questions soon-to-retire federal employees have regarding Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits program . . . more
Amendment Introduced to Stop Future Furloughs of Civilian Federal Employees at Military Work Sites
May 20, 2014
The proposed amendment to the House defense bill would prohibit working capital fund employees from furloughs . . . more
Positives and Negatives of the Thrift Savings Plan
Sharla D. Rountree, Certified Financial Planner
As the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board recently sent a letter to TSP participants cautioning rollovers to IRA accounts, an analysis of a rollover would be advantageous . . . more
Understanding Survivor Benefits for Federal Employees - Part II (FERS)
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses survivor annuity benefits for a spouse of a deceased FERS annuitant . . . more
Proposed Tax Bill to Benefit Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters
May 15, 2014
If passed, the law would enable federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access their retirement accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire . . . more
Submitting Healthy Retirement Application Packages
May 12, 2014
This recently recorded webcast from OPM focuses on the most common errors -- and tips to avoid them -- when submitting an retirement application . . . more
Understanding Survivor Benefits for Federal Employees - Part I (CSRS)
Edward A. Zurndorfer, Certified Financial Planner
Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses spousal benefits available to the spouse of a deceased CSRS or CSRS Offset annuitant . . . more
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Recent Articles & Resources
 Thrift Savings Plan Withdrawal Option: Life Annuity
 Understanding the Rules and Limitations for Receiving a Social Security Lump Sum Payment
 CSRS and FERS Survivor Benefits: Lump Sum Credit
 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds Updated: July
 Your TSP Withdrawal Options After Leaving Federal Service