Tag: Retirement

Calculating Your FERS Annuity, Changing the TSP and Tobacco: Politics and the Federal Workforce

Filed in News by on August 12, 2008 0 Comments

The House recently passed a bill change the TSP investment philosophy and the annuity calculations for those under FERS. Is it now in effect? What do these changes for the federal workforce have to do with the tobacco industry?

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Confessions of a Federal Retiree

Filed in News by on August 11, 2008 0 Comments

Like many people, this federal retiree left government service with high hopes and plans for the future. Some worked out well but the reality of health and financial issues brought home to this author how life can change after retirement. He offers advice on how to live and which decisions may be the most important ones after leaving government service.

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House Passes Legislation To Increase Federal Annuity Payments for Some

Filed in News by on July 31, 2008 0 Comments

FERS employees and CSRS employees get the same sick leave benefit–until the computation of a retirement annuity. A bill passed by the House on July 30 would change the current system.

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“Where Can I Get Good, Reliable Retirement Information?”

Filed in News by on June 10, 2008 0 Comments

The federal retirement systems are complex and many readers have questions about their specific circumstances. Where can you get answers to your retirement questions? Here are a few suggestions.

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Medicare and Federal Retirees: Part B or Not Part B?

Filed in News by on May 28, 2008 0 Comments

Author John Grobe recently asked FedSmith readers which topics were of most interest on the topic of federal retirement. The answer: Should a federal retiree who is nearing 65 sign up for Medicare’s Part B? Here is an explanation of the considerations in making this decision.

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Should You Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

Filed in News by on May 15, 2008 0 Comments

One question that frequently arises, especially as a person gets closer to retirement, is “Do I need long-term care insurance?” Here are some guidelines that may help you decide.

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Deposits and Redeposits of Retirement Money for FERS Employees

Filed in News by on April 28, 2008 0 Comments

Deposits and redeposits of retirement funds for civilian service is simpler (and harsher) for FERS employees than for CSRS employees. Here is how it works.

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CSRS Employees and Redepositing Retirement Funds

Filed in News by on April 14, 2008 0 Comments

When deciding whether or not to re-deposit money, the most important thing to consider is when did the service for which you received a refund end? If it ended before 10/01/90, breathe a sigh of relief. If it ended 10/01/90 or after, pay it.

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