Have You Forgotten About the Roth TSP?

By on March 29, 2015 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

With all the talk about the TSP possibly opening up a mutual fund window and expanding withdrawal options, you may have forgotten that the TSP also offers a Roth option. The author describes the basics of how the Roth option works to help you decide if it is right for your situation.

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State Department Spokesman Warned of Private Email Risks in 2011

By on March 12, 2015 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Mark C. Toner, then Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, made comments at a Daily Press Briefing on June 2, 2011 regarding the use of private email by government officials. The comments may have been largely insignificant at the time, but they provide an interesting perspective today in light of questions that have arisen about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account as Secretary of State.

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2015 State of the Union Transcript

By on January 21, 2015 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The full transcript of President Obama’s State of the Union speech given on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

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The CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program

By on December 15, 2014 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program has been available to CSRS or CSRS Offset federal employees for many years. It can be a very useful option to significantly increase retirement savings. The author explains some of the details of this program.

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What One Word Needs to Be Banned from Briefings?

By on December 12, 2014 in Leadership with 0 Comments

The author says there is one word that can ruin your presentations that you should avoid using. She explains why this is the case and offers some better approaches you can use.

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The Impact of Inflation on Your Retirement

By on December 9, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

When designing your retirement plan and investment portfolio, it is important to invest with the impact of inflation in mind. The author describes the impact it can have on your plans and your lifestyle.

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The Service Computation Date Comes in Five Flavors

By on November 19, 2014 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

There are potentially five different service computation dates that are used to determine your benefits as a federal employee with which you should be familiar. The author provides details about each one.

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Divorce and Federal Employee Retirement Benefits

By on November 12, 2014 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The rules governing retirement benefits for divorced federal employees and their former spouses are detailed and complex. The author provides some general advice for federal employees and their spouses in the event they are facing a divorce.

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Official Time and the Implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement – A Micro Perspective

By on October 29, 2014 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that much has been written about the number of hours of official time used by the government, but from the perspective of Congress, OPM and others. She instead suggests looking at the subject from the perspective of federal employees in the workplace.

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Grassley Expresses Alarm at Thousands of Federal Workers on Paid Leave for Months

By on October 21, 2014 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa expressed concern this week at the findings of a new report, issued at his request, documenting that tens of thousands of federal employees were on paid leave for at least one month and several hundred employees for nine months to three years, over a recent three-year period.

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