Federal Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

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Federal Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

The 2018 COLA increase will be reflected in payments for federal retirees in January 2018. Some will receive a full COLA; others will receive a prorated COLA.

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Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

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Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

Another attempt is being made in Congress to change COLA increases to use the CPI-E in an effort to help retirees. Is this a good idea?

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Changes for FEHB Plans in 2018

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Changes for FEHB Plans in 2018

What FEHB plan changes can you expect for 2018? Here is a summary.

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When Does It Make Sense to Get Help With Retirement Planning and Investments?

By on October 17, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
When Does It Make Sense to Get Help With Retirement Planning and Investments?

When does it make sense to work with a financial planner for retirement? The author provides some considerations on when you may or may not want to use one.

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Use the Department of Veterans Affairs to Test Real Hiring Reform

By on October 17, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Use the Department of Veterans Affairs to Test Real Hiring Reform

The author says that the VA is the perfect testing ground for trying a new approach to hiring veterans.

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Legislation Would Allow Postal Service to Ship Alcoholic Beverages

By on October 17, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Allow Postal Service to Ship Alcoholic Beverages

Recently introduced legislation would allow the Postal Service to ship alcoholic beverages to consumers. Is this a good idea? Take this short survey and share your feedback.

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Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

By on October 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

Using marijuana in Washington, DC is legal, but federal employees are still subject to federal laws.

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Double Taxation of Social Security

By on October 16, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Double Taxation of Social Security

The author says that what he describes as double taxation of Social Security benefits is unfair, but Congress has little option to address the situation.

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Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

By on October 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

Two major hurricanes were a big factor in a higher COLA for federal retirees in 2018. The author explains how this happened.

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2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

By on October 13, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

The 2018 cost of living adjustment for federal retirees will be 2%.

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