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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The Social Security Earnings Test

Filed in News by on June 9, 2016 Comments

The Social Security earnings test will affect any Social Security recipient from the age of 62 until they reach their Social Security Full Retirement Age (FRA). For every dollar earned above the earnings test amount, there is a reduction to an individual’s FERS Supplement or Social Security.

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What Constitutes an ‘Eligible Child’ for Survivor Benefits?

Filed in News by on May 26, 2016 Comments

What is the definition of an “eligible child” with respect to receiving survivor benefits? The author provides some details of survivor benefits as they relate to children of federal employees.

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Ensuring Your Spouse Remains Covered Under FEHB After Your Death

Filed in News by on May 12, 2016 Comments

Do you want to ensure that you spouse remains covered by FEHB after your death? Then you want to elect some level of survivor benefit for your spouse at the time you retire. The author describes some considerations for choosing a survivor benefit.

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Expanding Withdrawal Choices and Investment Options Within the TSP

Filed in News by on May 8, 2016 Comments

The Thrift Savings Plan has announced that it will be adding more investment and withdrawal options to its lineup of funds. The author discusses the details of some of these proposed changes.

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How Long Should You Keep Your Tax Records?

Filed in News by on April 24, 2016 Comments

What tax related documents do you need to keep, and for how long do you need to keep them? Here are some suggestions.

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What Are Your Retirement Dreams?

Filed in News by on March 31, 2016 Comments

Actuaries tell us that a 55 year old can expect to live another 30 years. How will you spend those days after you leave the workforce? The author provides some suggestions on how to find your retirement dreams and make them a reality.

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What Happens To Your Benefits If You Die After You Retire?

Filed in News by on March 17, 2016 Comments

No one lives forever, but you will leave survivors. Your federal employee benefits are valuable and can affect those that survive you. The author details what federal workers can expect to happen with regards to their benefits if they pass away after retiring from federal service.

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Financial ‘Red Flags’ Federal Employees Should Watch For with Their Financial Advisors

Filed in News by on March 1, 2016 Comments

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has published the Consumer Guide to Financial Self Defense. It lists some “red flags” that investors should be aware of when working with a financial advisor. The author explains what this means for federal employees.

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