John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. 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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Your TSP: Roll It Over or Leave It?

Filed in News by on August 18, 2014

When you retire, you will be faced with many choices as to what to do with your Thrift Savings Plan investments. This article considers the choice of leaving your money in the TSP or transferring it into an IRA.

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Questions You Should Ask About Your Investments

Filed in News by on July 9, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission offers a brochure that is helpful when choosing a financial advisor as well as helping you understand your investments.

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What Every Federal Employee’s Financial Planner Should Know About Federal Retirement and Benefits

Filed in News by on June 25, 2014

Federal employees have some unique features to their financial lives. The author looks at some key elements your financial planner must know to guide you effectively.

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Your Minimum Retirement Age and How it Will Impact Your Federal Employee Annuity

Filed in News by on May 28, 2014

Under the Federal Employee Retirement System, there is an option for a federal employee to retire at the minimum retirement age with as little as 10 years of service. This option is commonly referred to as MRA+10, but OPM has another name which is equally descriptive: reduced.

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What is the Special Retirement Supplement and Why Is it Important?

Filed in News by on May 11, 2014

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is not paid by the Social Security Administration. It is paid by the Office of Personnel Management. This article provides a simplified example of how the SRS is calculated.

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Is There a Phased Retirement In Your Future?

Filed in News by on May 1, 2014

There are specific rules and regulations on returning to work for Uncle Sam after retirement. This article does not attempt to answer the question as to why someone would want to return to working for the federal government after retiring. It will simply address how to do that.

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Buyouts and Early Outs: What You Need to Know

Filed in News by on April 17, 2014

There is a lot of uncertainty facing federal employees these days, and one idea that has been floated is reducing the size of the federal workforce. One way to do this is by offering buy outs. The author offers some details you need to know if you are considering a buy out.

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GPO, WEP and Your Future Social Security Benefits

Filed in News by on March 31, 2014

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) are two provisions of the Social Security law that affect Social Security benefits to which CSRS retirees may be entitled. The author provides some details about these as they relate to federal employees.

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