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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13 Things You Should Know About Taxes and Federal Retirement

Filed in News by on January 28, 2016 Comments

Tax time is closer than you think. Here are 13 things you should know about taxes and your federal retirement.

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How to Get the Most Money From Your TSP Matching Contributions

Filed in News by on January 10, 2016 Comments

Are you a highly compensated FERS employee who contributes the maximum to the TSP each year? Don’t risk losing any of the government’s matching contributions by maxing out your TSP before the end of the year.

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Front-Loading Your TSP

Filed in News by on January 4, 2016 Comments

Are you planning to retire in 2016? You may want to consider front-loading your TSP. The author explains the benefits of this strategy.

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Tax Traps for Federal Employees to Avoid

Filed in News by on December 21, 2015 Comments

If 2016 will be your first year of retirement, there are a few pitfalls that might await you in the area of state and federal income taxes. However, they can be avoided with proper planning. The author outlines some retirement tax traps for federal employees to avoid.

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Premium Changes for FEGLI in 2016

Filed in News by on December 15, 2015 Comments

FEGLI has changed premiums for current enrollees effective the first full pay period of 2016. The author describes the changes in costs that federal employees can expect to see next year.

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Funding Your Retirement Accounts in 2016

Filed in News by on December 9, 2015 Comments

How much can you contribute to your IRA in 2016? Can you contribute to both your IRA and TSP accounts? The author answers questions such as these to help you plan for funding your retirement accounts in the new year.

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The FEHB Five Year Requirement and Your Spouse

Filed in News by on November 15, 2015 Comments

In this follow up to his article on the FEHB and the five year requirement, FedSmith.com author John Grobe provides clarification based on questions he received from readers asking if the five year requirement also applies to a federal employee’s spouse.

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OPM Announces Changes to Long Term Insurance for Opposite Sex Partners

Filed in News by on November 8, 2015 Comments

Expanded eligibility has been announced for applying for coverage under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). The change will be effective on November 30th.

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