Tag: FERS

Buyouts and Early Outs

By on January 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Buyouts and Early Outs

The author provides some general information about early outs and buyouts along with questions federal employees should ask themselves if they are considering taking one of these.

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Three Crucial Retirement Planning Tips for 2017

By on January 4, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Three Crucial Retirement Planning Tips for 2017

The start of a new year is often a time when we make plans for a better future. The author lists what she sees as the three most critical planning tips of a solid retirement plan for federal employees.

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Will Retiring in the Middle of December Lower My FERS Pension?

By on January 3, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Will Retiring in the Middle of December Lower My FERS Pension?

I understand that there is often a “best date” to retire to maximize one’s pension, but I want to retire in the middle of December 2017 to take my family on vacation. What effect will that have on my FERS pension?

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Protect Your Family with Important Estate Planning Documents

By on December 20, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Protect Your Family with Important Estate Planning Documents

Have you considered what would happen to your loved ones and to your assets after you pass away? Proper planning is important to ensure your wishes are carried out. Here is a list of important forms federal employees need to handle the beneficiary designations for their federal benefits.

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National DEAF-icit: Debt, Taxes, and Your Retirement

By on December 8, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
National DEAF-icit: Debt, Taxes, and Your Retirement

The author says that taxes are likely to be higher in the future when current federal employees are at or nearing retirement. He outlines some options available to federal workers to help offset future tax burdens.

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OPM Will No Longer Accept Corrections on Certain Retirement Forms

By on November 16, 2016 in Human Resources, Retirement with 0 Comments
OPM Will No Longer Accept Corrections on Certain Retirement Forms

The Office of Personnel Management has announced that certain benefits election forms with hand made corrections will no longer be accepted.

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Do Members of Congress Get a Special Pension Benefit That Other Federal Employees Do Not?

By on October 17, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Do Members of Congress Get a Special Pension Benefit That Other Federal Employees Do Not?

There is a common belief that Members of Congress have a special pension that will pay them their full salary as a pension for as little as five years of Congressional service. Is this really true?

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Best and Worst TSP Returns in 2016

By on October 3, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Best and Worst TSP Returns in 2016

All but one TSP fund had positive returns in September. Here are the best and worst performing funds so far in 2016.

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How to Fix OPM’s Backlog Problem

By on September 27, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How to Fix OPM’s Backlog Problem

What lies at the core of OPM’s retirement backlog? The author explains the most glaring problem he sees with the situation and what can be done to solve it.

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Chances Increase for Small COLA in 2017

By on September 19, 2016 in Retirement with 27 Comments
Chances Increase for Small COLA in 2017

There is some good news for readers who may be hoping for any COLA increase in January.

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