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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPM is pushing to have agencies submit complete retirement processing packages to speed up the process. Here are some common errors to avoid that may help speed your application along.