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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
1 Percent Pay Raise and 1.9 Percent COLA?
July 22, 2014
Although frequently confused (sometimes on purpose for political reasons), pay raises and retiree COLAs are two very different things . . . more
College 529 Savings Plans: a Video Primer
In this three minute video, the president of a Boston-area community bank explains the fundamentals of 529 college savings plans, which most state governments offer . . . 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
Air Force to Offer Early Retirement, Buyouts to Civilians
July 15, 2014
The Air Force will offer early retirement and buyouts to civilian personnel, in order to eliminate nearly 3,500 positions, officials announced . . . more
Pay Freezes Accelerate GS 'Grade Creep'
July 14, 2014
More federal employees are in the top ranks of the General Schedule job system than ever before, and years of pay freezes and small raises have only made things worse, according to federal employment experts . . . more
OPM Stays on Track in Reducing Retirement Claims Backlog
July 7, 2014
The Office of Personnel Management continued to whittle down its backlog of retirement claims during the month of June, although at a slower rate than in recent months . . . 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
Senate Spending Bill Leaves Door Open for 1 Percent Federal Employee Raise
June 24, 2014
The Senate has started to advance a spending bill that keeps the road clear for a 1 percent federal employee pay raise in January . . . more
Federal Worker Bonuses Cut in Half, New Figures Show
Bonus pay for 1.3 million federal workers fell off a proverbial fiscal cliff last year, dropping nearly 50 percent . . . 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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