Archive for April, 2012

When Should You Apply for Social Security?

By on April 30, 2012 in News, Retirement with 69 Comments

Should you apply for your Social Security benefit at age 62 or later?

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Roth TSP

By on April 29, 2012 in News with 20 Comments

The author shares her opinion about the Roth TSP as well as some frequently asked questions and answers about it.

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Former Fed Who Breached His Fiduciary Duty to the Government Ordered to Repay $383,600

By on April 29, 2012 in Court Cases, News with 6 Comments

There is yet another chapter in the case of the Interior Department economist who was bestowed with a $383,600 monetary award by a group that the employee had assisted in bringing a successful false claims action involving underpayment by oil companies of royalties owed to the Mineral Management Service.

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Carrier's Attentiveness Saves Customer's Life

By on April 27, 2012 in News with 3 Comments

Capitola Letter Carrier Cris Mariani delivers mail every day to her customers and she keeps a look out for everyone on her route. When one of her elderly customers did not pick up her mail for two days, Mariani sensed something was awry.

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What Do You Need to Know About Your Federal Benefits?

By on April 27, 2012 in Human Resources, News with 4 Comments

Will Uncle Sam make sure you receive the maximum benefits for a federal employee when you retire? Not likely. What do you need to know about your federal career? Here is one inexpensive way to learn more about the federal HR system.

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Federal Employee Retirement Annuities: How Bad Will It Be?

By on April 26, 2012 in News, Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 72 Comments

We all know Federal employees are going to pay more for their pensions, and at retirement they will receive less. It may not be as bad as you think though.

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Romney: Federal Pay 'Unfair'

By on April 25, 2012 in News, Pay & Benefits with 246 Comments

In a speech in Manchester, NH this week, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that it is fundamentally unfair that federal employees enjoy better pay and benefits than the workers they serve in the private sector.

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Feds Would Pay 5% More for Retirement Benefits

By on April 25, 2012 in News, Pay & Benefits with 144 Comments

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday advanced legislation that would require federal employees to have to pay 5 percent more of their salaries towards their retirement benefits beginning in 2013 and phased in over five years.

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FedSmith.com Users Say There Is Sufficient Oversight in Government Travel Process

By on April 25, 2012 in News with 79 Comments

The majority of responses to our latest survey indicate that FedSmith.com users believe the scandals that erupted with GSA and Secret Service are not the norm in the federal government travel process.

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More Than a Half Century of Service

By on April 25, 2012 in News with 2 Comments

After 52 years of combined government service – 26 years in the military and another 26 for the Postal Service – all in the community of Twentynine Palms, Customer Service Supervisor Richard Manthey retired for the second time.

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