Are you taking full advantage of the benefits available to you as a federal employee under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)? The author outlines several key points that federal workers in this system should be aware of to make the most of their benefits for planning a successful future retirement.
A “Comprehensive Policy Agenda for a New Administration in 2017” proposes changes for the federal workforce that would save about $330 billion by 2026. The proposals envision cuts to federal pay and benefits in a number of ways from changes to retirement, the federal leave program, and removing federal workers. Here is a summary.
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 TSP is a major component of the federal retirement system, but too often, the author says that it becomes the only factor for would be retirees. He explains why striving for some sort of “magic number” in your TSP account can be a bottleneck in reaching your retirement goals.
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.