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New Bill Slashes 10 Percent From Federal Workforce
The federal workforce would be slashed by 10 percent - or more than 200,000 employees - over the next two years under legislation introduced Jan. 23 . . . more
What Really Happens When You Change Health Plans
The story of four retirees who decided to make the leap . . . more
Cost of Transit Commuting Unpredictable for Federal Employees
Last month, Congress approved returning the subsidy to $250 per month for 2014, applying the change retroactively. But it has fallen back to $130 for 2015 . . . more
Is It Risky to Play It Safe in the TSP?
The G-fund never has a bad day, which is the good news. The bad, sometimes, news is that the G-fund also never has a really good day . . . more
President Obama Provides Parental Leave for Federal Employees
January 15, 2015
President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum providing six weeks of administrative leave to federal employees with a new child . . . more
Federal Retiree Sues Virginia for Tax Discrimination
A federal retiree is suing the commonwealth of Virginia, claiming the Old Dominion is unfairly taxing residents who receive government pensions under the old Civil Service Retirement System . . . more
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
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
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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