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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce. Ian also has a background in web development and does the technical work for the FedSmith.com web site and its sibling sites.
Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletter and a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters concerning federal human resources.
Jeff Neal is a senior vice president for ICF International and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com. He formerly served in the Obama Administration as Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Homeland Security and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency. Jeff is also a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and a Partnership for Public Service SAGE.
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.
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.
Michael Wald is an independent economics analyst and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to business, labor, and human resources. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.
Brenton Smith (A.K.A. Joe The Economist) is the founder of “Fix Social Security Now” which provides information on all alternatives in the public debate on Social Security through its site www.FixSSNow.Org.
Cooper Mitchell is an Investment Advisor Representative for Dane Financial, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, as well as a licensed insurance agent for Dane Advisory Group, LLC. He welcomes questions from federal employees on retirement matters. You can find out more about him and his company at his website, fedretirementplanning.com. Dane Financial, LLC and Dane Advisory Group, LLC are affiliated companies.
Robbie Kunreuther is the Director of Government Personnel Services (GPS). GPS provides 1 to 3-day seminars to Federal agencies in four subject areas: Dealing with performance and conduct issues; Developing sensible performance appraisal criteria; Fostering cooperative labor-management relations; and Applying mediation skills in the workplace. Over the years, Robbie has trained thousands of Federal supervisors, managers, HR specialists, and union officials. For more information about him and GPS, go to www.trainlngfeds.com.
Wayne Coleman is a consultant whose career at various Federal agencies spans almost 40 years. During this time he has written about and provided training on overtime and premium pay, on the principles of FLSA coverage and exemption, and on related federal compensation issues. Wayne is available to help your agency avoid premium pay claims through consulting services and training. Contact him for more information.
Mathew B. Tully is a founding partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC. He concentrates his practice on representing military personnel and federal government employees and can be reached at [email protected] 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.
Jason Visner is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors, and works with federal employees to optimize their retirement benefits. The process starts with a complimentary analysis of the complete federal benefit package, and then builds an overall retirement plan on that foundation. He can provide recommendations on FERS or CSRS annuities, survivor benefits, military/LEO service, FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, IRAs, annuities, and social security. He can be reached at 262-456-5514 or brookfed.com.
Randy Silvey is an industry leader in the decryption and education of federal retirement income benefits. He’s a public speaker, columnist and the published author of: “You FIRST, Federal Employees Retirement Guide.” With 14 years’ experience, Randy is well-known for showing Feds how to pursue early and wealthy retirements. A past Fed himself, Randy offers (nationwide), free “Retirement Readiness Reviews” and “Risk Analysis.” He’s disregarded Fed ignorant and risk heavy financial advice by replacing it with Fed focused “Asset Protection Planning.” Randy can be reached at 816-524-1515 or www.silverlightfinancial.com. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.
Carol Schmidlin is the President of Franklin Planning and has been advising clients on how to grow and preserve their wealth for 20 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. Follow FedSavvy® Educational Solutions on Facebook for the most up to date information. Contact Carol at (856) 401-1101 or visit FranklinPlanning.com.
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.
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 private companies. Ms. Clovis also counsels individual clients about federal retirement and benefits via phone and email.
Brian Kuhn CFP® is a financial planner with 14 years of experience who exclusively works with those who do not feel wealthy. His business model is to avoid intimidating terms like "wealth management" and focus on those who truly need his services and with whom he enjoys working. He is the author of the books Total Compensation: A Practical Guide to Federal Employee Benefits and The Personal Finance Handbook both available on Amazon.com. He can be contacted by phone at (301) 543-6035 or via email. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA / SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Planning Solutions Group, LLC. Planning Solutions Group, LLC is not affiliated with Triad Advisors. PSG Clarity is a division of Planning Solutions Group, LLC.
As a Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultant (ChFEBC), Bo Harris is passionate about helping federal employees obtain proper benefits. He joined Harris Federal Law Firm in 2002 and is now the firm’s Director of Operations. Harris Federal assists federal workers all over the country on employment matters, filing for OWCP workers’ compensation and FERS federal disability retirement benefits. Bo regularly leads training seminars for federal agencies and unions. To learn more, contact Bo at (877) 226-2723 or via email.