Tag: Retirement

Annuity Retirement Processing Time will get Worse

Filed in News by on October 12, 2011 Comments

Many FedSmith readers have commented on the excessive time it takes OPM to process the paperwork for full annuity payments. It is likely to get worse instead of better. Here’s why.

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5 Rewarding Federal Volunteer Programs for Retired Persons

Filed in News by on October 11, 2011 Comments

How do you plan to spend your free time after you are retired? Volunteer work is one avenue which may interest you in your spare time, and there are a number of programs designed to facilitate retirees who want to help out in their communities.

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Creating a Federal Resume in the Post-KSA Era

Filed in News by on October 10, 2011 Comments

What’s changed and what hasn’t with regard to writing your federal resume now that KSA’s are (mostly) gone.

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First COLA in Three Years for Federal Retirees

Filed in News by on October 6, 2011 Comments

Inflation has been very low for the past two years and federal retirees and those receiving Social Security payments have not had an increase. That is likely to change in 2012. Here’s why and how much.

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The Looting of Social Security: Pre-taxing the Baby Boomers

Filed in News by on September 30, 2011 Comments

On April 20, 1983, one of the most significant developments in the history of Social Security legislation took place with great fanfare. It was the signing ceremony for the Social Security Amendments of 1983, which President Ronald Reagan called landmark legislation. The author says it laid the foundation for what was to become one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans by the government.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Filed in News by on September 27, 2011 Comments

Federal employees are often being asked to do more work without any more reward. A common lament is that the work keeps piling up as more employees leave, and it just isn’t worth it if retirement benefits are going to be re-structured, on top of it. The author offers some tips to see if retiring earlier is worth doing.

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CSRS Is Better Than FERS. Are You Sure?

Filed in News by on September 20, 2011 Comments

The author walks the reader through some examples to illustrate that the CSRS retirement system may not be better than the FERS retirement system, despite popular belief to the contrary.

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FERS Vs. CSRS: When A Little Adds Up to a Lot

Filed in News by on September 15, 2011 Comments

After “When Small Savings Add Up to a Lot of Money” appeared in Fedsmith, I was contacted by a couple of FERS employees who wondered what the results would have been for a FERS employee. Here are the results.

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