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Federal Employees Could Still Receive a Transit Benefit Boost This Year
October 9, 2014
There may be hope yet for federal employees who saw their mass transit benefit cut nearly in half this year . . . more
OPM's Retirement Claims Backlog Inches Downward
October 6, 2014
The Office of Personnel Management shrank its retirement claims backlog in September, receiving about 1,000 claims fewer than it expected . . . more
Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods
A beneficiary who does not act carefully may miss a window of opportunity to have various parts of Medicare coverage and face a waiting period to get coverage, incurring high out-of-pocket costs in the interim as well as paying lifelong penalties . . . more
Being Prepared Before Your Retirement Date
The forms you'll need, and gathering your documents . . . more
Phased Retirement to Be Worth More to Some Than Others
The value of phased retirement will vary according to a federal employee's retirement system, with those in the older of the two main programs benefiting more, all other things being equal . . . more
Spending The Money in Your TSP
TSP participants may be good at saving cash, but how will they spend that money when the time comes? . . . more
How to Interpret Your Social Security Benefit Statement
The annual statements provide a useful projection of what you can expect to receive in benefits at various retirement ages, if you become widowed or suffer a disability that prevents you from working . . . more
Federal Employees Could Get 1% Pay Raise in 2015
September 2, 2014
Federal employees will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 unless Congress passes legislation to block it, according to a letter President Obama sent to Congress Aug. 29 . . . 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
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
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
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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