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Taking Social Security to the Max
Crunching the numbers to see how much high-income people, who tend to live longer, can benefit by delaying Social Security . . . more
Report Examines Federal Retirement Changes Aimed at Deficit Reduction
The government could trim more than $100 billion from its deficit over the next decade through spending cuts that would directly impact federal employees and retirees, according to an analysis done for Congress . . . more
FEHB Expert Answers Insurance Questions For Open Season
December 1, 2014
With one week to go in Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, FEHB expert, Walt Francis, answers questions in Washington Post online chat (full transcript available) . . . more
TSP Moves Toward Opening New Investment 'Window'
The Thrift Savings Plan on Monday took a major step toward allowing federal employees and military personnel to put retirement savings in investment funds other than those the TSP offers . . . more
FEHB Plans to Offer New Screenings for 2015
The Office of Personnel Management has required that health insurance plans provide new screenings and preventive measures for federal employees and retirees for 2015 . . . more
What's Best for a Couple Who are Both Federal Employees?
The critically important question of whether to take a reduced retirement benefit to provide a survivor annuity . . . more
Federal Retirees to Receive 1.7 Percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment in 2015
Federal retirees, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a cost-of-living adjustment of 1.7 percent in 2015. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent . . . 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
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
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
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
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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