John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.

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Strategies for Avoiding the TSP’s Early Withdrawal Penalty

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 25, 2015 Comments

The author addresses some common misconceptions that federal employees have when it comes to investing in the Thrift Savings Plan and penalties they might incur for early withdrawals from their accounts. He provides details on some different strategies federal workers can use to avoid these extra taxes.

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Re-Depositing Retirement Contributions and Your Federal Annuity

Filed in News by on April 26, 2015 Comments

Re-deposit service refers to service where you withdrew your contributions when you left federal service and did not re-deposit them when you later returned. The author describes how this works and provides examples to help you decide whether or not to re-deposit money.

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IRAs and What They Mean for Your Retirement

Filed in News by on April 13, 2015 Comments

There are three different types of IRAs, and the author explains the differences between each as well as what the requirements are for investing in them.

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CSRS Employees: Should You Deposit Money to Cover Temporary Federal Employment Early In Your Career?

Filed in News by on March 31, 2015 Comments

CSRS employees often ask, “Should I deposit money to cover temporary time early in my career?” The author provides some considerations to help answer this question.

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TSP Releases New Fund Information Sheets

Filed in News by on March 26, 2015 Comments

The TSP has updated the fund information sheets to include the latest available data from 2014. The author provides a quick analysis of the fresh data.

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Latest 10 Year TSP Returns Released

Filed in News by on March 16, 2015 Comments

The Thrift Savings Plan recently released the ten-year compound returns for the five basic funds. How are your long term investments in the TSP faring?

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The Early Withdrawal Penalty and Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Filed in News by on March 5, 2015 Comments

Legislation was recently introduced that would make federal Correctional Officers exempt from the 10% early withdrawal penalty that applies when a federal law enforcement officer retires before the age of 55 and withdraws money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account.

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Phased Retirement: Just the Facts

Filed in News by on February 23, 2015 Comments

There has been a lot of talk about phased retirement, particularly its pros and cons. This article is not debating the merits of phased retirement; it’s “just the facts” in a handy bulleted list.

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