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July Living Costs, January COLA Drop
August 22, 2014
Due to a dip in July living costs, the tentative inflation-catch up for millions of retirees now stands at 1.8 percent. But, feds have two more months before they know what their cost of living adjustment will be next January . . . more
Retirees Live on Less
Many recent U.S. retirees in a new survey receive less than two-thirds of what they earned during their working years, and they've made significant adjustments along the way . . . more
How Phased Retirement Affects Your TSP
August 14, 2014
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has weighed in on how phased retirement affects feds' Thrift Savings Plan . . . more
Despite Rise in Retirement Claims, OPM Remains on Course in Cutting Backlog
August 5, 2014
OPM's total inventory of claims is down about 10,000 from the 2014 high in February . . . more
Bill Would Roll Back Federal Employee Pension Contribution Hikes
August 1, 2014
New federal employees would see their contribution to retirement funds drop by hundreds of dollars under legislation introduced July 31 . . . more
Can You Count On Social Security?
July 31, 2014
Details on the program's future, from the Social Security Administration's trustees' report . . . more
Some New Feds Could Soon Get Bonus Sick Leave
July 30, 2014
Disabled veterans entering federal civilian service should not have to wait to receive sick leave, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers . . . more
How to Get the Most from Your Social Security Benefit
If you're covered under FERS and can live off of income from your retirement benefit and savings (without tapping the proceeds of your TSP account), then delaying Social Security to age 70 is probably worth it . . . more
OPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coverage
Federal employees who get married on the job, or return to work after a period of leave without pay, soon will be able to enroll for dental and vision coverage outside of Open Season . . . more
Managing Your Retirement Money
For many federal employees, the time is nearing to make the biggest decision of all: what to do with this money after they retire . . . more
Obama to Propose 1 Percent Pay Raise for Feds in 2015
February 24, 2014
President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay increase for both civilian and Defense Department employees in his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress . . . more
2014 Buyout Guide
So far in 2014, a handful of agencies have announced their plans to offer Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) . . . more
How To Avoid Accidentally Setting Your Retirement Date Back 5 Years
Suppose (in order to save a few bucks) you have put yourself into a position where you must work five years past your retirement deadline. Here's how it happens all the time . . . more
What Is Your Full Retirement Age?
November 14, 2013
What does this magic age really have to do with the age you plan to stop working? . . . more
Pre-Retirement To-Do List
April 25, 2013
Are you one of the growing number of federal employees who are preparing to retire in the near future? If so, here's a list of things that you should do to get ready . . . more
Check List for New Federal Retirees
Although there isn't much recent retirees can do about the retirement claims backlog, there are a few things that they can do to be sure your employee benefits continue while you're awaiting final processing of your retirement. Here are a few things to be aware of . . . more
Tips for Boomers When Picking a Retirement Community
When it comes to setting down for your golden years, boomers should make sure their choice meets their social, cultural, and recreational requirements as well as future health-care costs . . . more
Requesting Your CSRS/FERS Annuity Estimate for Retirement Date
One of the important things all employees should do before retirement is request an annuity estimate. This is a calculation of your Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employees Retirement System benefit prepared by your human resources office for a specific retirement date . . . more

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