Tag: Retirement

Thirteen Years of Increases for Employees vs. FERS and CSRS

Filed in News by on October 22, 2011 Comments

Employees and retirees live in the same environments and are subject to the same increases in the cost of living, but the general, annual raise they get is different. The author outlines sample annual raises for three hypothetical employees.

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How to Calculate Your 2012 COLA Payment

Filed in News by on October 21, 2011 Comments

The COLA percentage amount for both FERS and CSRS was announced on October 19. OPM has issued official guidelines on how to calculate your COLA increase.

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Social Security Changes for 2012

Filed in News by on October 20, 2011 Comments

Lost in the interest over the 3.6% COLA announced by Social Security (and reported in FedSmith) on Wednesday, October 19th, are several other Social Security changes for 2012.

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3.6 Percent COLA for 2012

Filed in News by on October 19, 2011 Comments

After two years without any increase in the cost of living adjustment (COLA), there will be an increase of 3.6% for those who receive the full amount of the annual adjustment.

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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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