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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Bill Exempting Some Feds From TSP Withdrawal Penalty Becomes Law

Filed in News by on June 29, 2015 Comments

The Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act has been signed into law. What does this mean for federal employees and their Thrift Savings Plan investments?

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The FERS Special Retirement Supplement and Special Category Employees

Filed in News by on June 29, 2015 Comments

The Special Retirement Supplement (SRS) is a payment that is made by OPM and is designed to approximate the amount of an age 62 Social Security benefit that is due to civilian service under the FERS retirement system. How doest this apply to Special Category Employees?

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What Managers Can Do to Help Their Employees Prepare for Retirement

Filed in News by on June 18, 2015 Comments

Managers have an important role in developing their employees, and this includes helping their employees become better prepared for retirement. The author lists some steps federal managers can take to help their employees with this important task.

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Strategies for Avoiding the TSP’s Early Withdrawal Penalty

Filed in 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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