Tag: Benefits

Retirement Myths: The “Magic 85″ Formula

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on December 4, 2013

Can you become eligible to retire whenever your age and length of service add up to 85? The authors offer some details on this common retirement myth.

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Visiting a Social Security Office: Impressions from an Infrequent Visitor

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 27, 2013

Visiting a Social Security office as a customer could have been a dreadful experience but it was not. What to expect when you visit one of these offices and how to make your visit go more quickly and to help ensure your information is calculated quickly and accurately.

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Will I Get Both My Social Security and Federal Annuity COLAs?

Filed in News by on November 26, 2013

Several readers have asked if they will have a COLA applied to their retirement annuity and to Social Security. Readers have also asked about the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. This information may be helpful in understanding these complex topics.

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Resources to Help Federal Employees Navigate Open Season

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 17, 2013

Open enrollment for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is underway and runs from November 11 to December 9. Here are two free resources available to help you with the process.

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CBO Deficit Reduction Proposals Would Impact Federal Employees

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 14, 2013

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office makes a myriad of proposals designed to help put a dent in the growing federal debt, some of which would directly impact federal employees.

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Senators Propose to End Defined Benefit Pensions for New Federal Employees

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 13, 2013

Three Senators have reintroduced legislation that would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires.

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Say Good-Bye to the FERS Annuity Supplement

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 12, 2013

The FERS annuity supplement is probably going to end. How will it impact your retirement plans?

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Cutting the Deficit By Altering Federal Retirement Contributions

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 7, 2013

One way to reduce the gaping federal deficit: Raise “non-tax revenue” by increasing employee contributions to federal employee pension programs.

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