Turning accumulated savings in the Thrift Savings Plan into a stream of income is a goal for federal employees who are hoping to retire at a comfortable level. The author looks at choices federal workers have both inside and outside of the TSP to generate retirement income.
The author says that under CSRS, a do-it-yourself approach to retirement was more practical for federal employees, but those under FERS may face bigger obstacles trying to go it alone.
Buying Federal Civil Service Retirement Years for Academy Time Even If You Are Drawing an Active Duty Military Retirement
There are circumstances under which former military members who subsequently work for the federal civil service short of a 20 years active duty military retirement can buy time for civil service pension accrual purposes.
Do you want to ensure that you spouse remains covered by FEHB after your death? Then you want to elect some level of survivor benefit for your spouse at the time you retire. The author describes some considerations for choosing a survivor benefit.
I’ve heard rumors that Congress will be changing how our retirement is computed by mandating a “high-five” calculation, rather than a high-three. Is this likely to happen and, if it does, what will it do to our pensions?