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Medicare Part B Premiums Are Scheduled to Rise 52% in January

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 31, 2015 Comments

Starting in January, most retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), who also are enrolled in Medicare Part B, could see a 52% jump in their monthly Medicare premiums.

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Let’s Kill The Performance Appraisal Process

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 30, 2015 Comments

With businesses learning that traditional performance appraisal processes are bad for business, the author says that it is time to admit they are bad for government too. He explains his reasoning for this opinion and provides suggestions for improving the process.

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President Directs 1% Federal Pay Raise for 2016

Filed in Headlines, News by on August 28, 2015 Comments

President Obama has issued a letter directing an across-the-board pay raise of 1% for federal employees in 2016.

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Does Having Unions in Government Make Sense?

Filed in News by on August 27, 2015 Comments

The author says that unions, like the people they represent, come in a lot of flavors. He describes some of his own experiences which highlight both the good and the bad when it comes to unions and also says that the right leadership in agencies and unions can be a force for real progress.

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Consider All Options Before Leaving For The Private Sector

Filed in News by on August 27, 2015 Comments

Is it worth moving from your job with the federal government to one with the private sector? While there are many variables to consider, the author looks at the financial considerations by way of an example with some hypothetical salary figures.

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Fending Off Fraud

Filed in News by on August 26, 2015 Comments

How susceptible are you to fraudulent scams and con artists who target your life savings? Learn common scams to be aware of and how to protect yourself from the stories of these other people who found their retirement savings at risk from fraudsters.

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Federal Retirement Facts and Myths: Do You Know the Difference?

Filed in News by on August 26, 2015 Comments

The author says there are a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding the federal retirement system and benefits for federal workers. He provides an example he recently saw firsthand when providing financial advice to a couple of long time federal employees.

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FEHB and the Five Year Requirement

Filed in News by on August 25, 2015 Comments

Most federal employees are aware that, in order to carry your FEHB into retirement, you have to have been enrolled for the five-year period immediately preceding retirement (with few exceptions). There is generally a great advantage in being able to carry your FEHB into retirement, but there are some things to keep in mind in order to be able to do this.

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