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The Difference Between a FERS Supplement and Social Security
Because the methods of computing the FERS supplement are different from the actual Social Security benefit computation, the supplement and the Social Security benefit you will receive will not be the same amount . . . more
3 Times It Makes Sense to File Early for Social Security
Social Security benefits can be reduced by as much as 7 to 8 percent for each year a person files early . . . more
Civil Service Reform Can Affect Millions, But Draws Little Attention
The real pocketbook consequences of it were not evident by the poor attendance at the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal management subcommittee's first hearing this session on the federal workforce . . . more
TSP Aims for Better Customer Service, Participant Education
55 percent of participants who left federal service last quarter also left the TSP due to limited investment and withdrawal options, and wanting more direct advice from the plan . . . more
Federal Employees Have Property Rights to Their Jobs. Even the Ones You Want to Fire
The author states that career federal (and other public) employees have a property interest in their jobs. It's a major distinction with the private sector . . . more
House Passes Bill Exempting Some Feds From TSP Early Withdrawal Penalty
The House passed bipartisan legislation that would allow federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access money in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire . . . more
Federal Pay Raise: Bad news, Good news, Back to Bad...
The author describes that it's been years since anybody seriously proposed a less than laughable federal pay raise. Big raise, in recent years, means 1 percent or maybe 1.5 percent . . . more
What Are the Roth IRA Withdrawal Rules?
When can withdrawals begin from the Roth IRA without paying income taxes? . . . more
Special Savings Plan for CSRS Employees
The option to amass a separate tax-free retirement fund in addition to the CSRS annuity . . . more
'Self Plus One' Offers Premium Break for Two-Person Families
Married feds and retirees without dependent children are likely to save in health insurance premiums next year . . . 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
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
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
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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