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New Perk Gives Federal Employees a Break on the Cost of Education
April 18, 2014
Many federal employees and their family members will be able to take advantage of a tuition discount as part of a new partnership between the government and academia . . . more
Advice from a TSP Millionaire
A federal employee offers some insights on his method of achieving financial security . . . more
Pay Gap: How Salaries Compare by Gender for Federal Employees
April 11, 2014
Women working for the federal government earn less than men overall but the gap is shrinking . . . more
Retirement Backlog Shrinks for First Time This Year
April 7, 2014
However, the pace of federal retirements appears more modest this year compared to last . . . more
Medicare Part B: The $1,200 Question
When I retire, should I take Medicare Part B (doctors and medical costs) coverage, or rely on my federal health plan? . . . more
The 5 Percent Solution to Retirement Security
Even those who are contributing 5 percent to the TSP may need to learn more about diversifying their funds . . . more
House Budget Seeks to Up Feds' Retirement Contributions
The House Republican budget plan for next year aims to curtail federal spending by more than $5.1 trillion over the next 10 years, in part by requiring federal employees to contribute more toward their pensions . . . more
10 Worst States for Retirement for 2014
Most of these negatives have to do with money and taxes . . . more
Federal Retirement Quiz: The Basics
The quick is designed with relatively new federal employees in mind. But mid-career and pre-retirement age federal employees may also find they have a few things to learn . . . 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
OPM: Progress in Reducing Backlog of Retirement Processing
The Office of Personnel Management released an update on its challenge to accelerate the processing of federal retirement claims . . . 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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