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  • Ian Smith Ian Smith is one of the founders of He writes about current topics that impact federal employees.
  • Ralph Smith Ralph Smith is one of the founders of He writes in a blunt, entertaining style with a viewpoint that reflects an in-depth knowledge of federal HR issues.
  • Micah Shilanski, CFP Micah Shilanski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in helping federal employees get the most out of their retirement benefits. Micah is an independent fee-based financial planner, and only works with a select group of clients. Micah helps his clients with Federal Retirement planning, tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning and investment advice.
  • Robbie Hyman Robbie Hyman has been a freelance writer for 15 years. He writes newsletters, press releases, white papers, web copy, presentations, speeches, op-eds, training materials and technical documentation. Robbie is available to write for federal agencies.
  • Susan McGuire Smith Susan McGuire Smith spent most of her federal legal career with NASA, serving as Chief Counsel at Marshall Space Flight Center for 14 years. Her expertise is in government contracts, ethics, and personnel law.
  • Robert F. Benson Before his retirement in 2010, Robert Benson served 35 years in various Federal agencies, as both a management analyst and IT specialist. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and developed the software at
  • John Grobe John Grobe is a retired federal employee with over 25 years of experience in federal human resources and President of Federal Career Experts, a training and consulting firm that specializes in federal employee retirement and career transition issues.
  • Jason Visner Jason Visner is a federal benefit advisor, and works with federal employees to optimize their federal retirement benefits. He can provide recommendations on FERS or CSRS annuities, survivor benefits, military/LEO service, FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, IRAs, annuities, and social security.
  • Meiko S. Patton Meiko S. Patton is a writer/editor for the United States Postal Service. She has a personal blog at and is the principal writer at
  • Howard Risher Dr. Howard Risher is the editor of Compensation and Benefits Review and a consultant on pay and performance with 40 years of experience.
  • Martha Austin With 24 years of federal service (Army officer, Foreign Service officer, leadership instructor, and executive coach), Martha understands feeling inspired by the mission and frustrated by the “needs of the service.” For tips to transform that frustration into inspiration visit
  • Bob Gilson Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.
  • Jason Kay Jason Kay is a professional resume writer and regular contributor to, a professional federal resume service and repository of sample KSA statements.
  • Robert Dietrich Bob Dietrich spent 37 years in federal human resources and resources management. His career includes many years with the US Department of Labor in Boston, the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, MA, and the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, DC.
  • Allen W. Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Allen W. Smith is Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of seven books, including "The Looting of Social Security," and has been researching and writing about Social Security financing for the past twelve years.
  • Ehren Clovis Ehren Clovis retired from federal service after a career as a Benefits Specialist. She dealt with the employees of several different federal agencies, and acquired broad knowledge and experience with federal benefits, including the special retirement provisions for federal Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). She now presents retirement and benefits training for federal employees through Federal Career Experts, Inc. and RGS, Inc. Ms. Clovis also counsels individual clients about federal retirement and benefits via phone and email.
  • Timothy J. Clark Timothy J. Clark is a federal employee with over 27 years of service in the federal civil service and is a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served over four years on active duty since September 11, 2001. His book, Success through Quality, Support Guide for the Journey to Continuous Improvement was published by the America Society for Quality in 1999.
  • Mathew B. Tully, Esq. Mathew B. Tully is Founding Partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC. He concentrates his practice on representing military personnel and federal government employees. To schedule a meeting with one of the firm’s federal employment law attorneys call (202) 787-1900. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.
  • Carol Schmidlin Carol Schmidlin is the President of Franklin Planning and has been advising clients on how to grow and preserve their wealth for 18 years. In addition to her financial planning practice, she is the founder of FedSavvy® Educational Solutions, which provides Financial and Retirement Literacy Programs for Federal Employees.
  • Robert McGill Attorney Robert R. McGill specializes in federal disability retirement cases helping Federal and Postal workers secure their disability retirement benefits under both FERS and CSRS. For more information about his legal services, visit his CSRS and FERS Disability Retirement Website.

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