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Should You Enroll in Medicare if you Have an FEHB Plan?

By on December 9, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Should you add Medicare to your FEHB insurance in retirement? These are the various parts of Medicare to know about when weighing this option.

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Why the F Fund is the Rodney Dangerfield of the TSP

By on November 12, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Why the F Fund is the Rodney Dangerfield of the TSP

The F Fund is an often forgotten investment option in the TSP. The author describes how it might fit into your portfolio.

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How the VA Improvement and Modernization Act Changed the Appeals Process

By on November 12, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How the VA Improvement and Modernization Act Changed the Appeals Process

A new law has changed the VA disability benefits claim process. Here is a summary of the changes.

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Federal Retirees Get a 1.6 % COLA for 2020. No One is Applauding

By on October 30, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Retirees Get a 1.6 % COLA for 2020. No One is Applauding

The COLA for 2020 has been met with a tepid response. The author explains how it is calculated as well as prospects for seeing higher future COLAs.

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Déjà vu for USDA?

By on September 11, 2019 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Déjà vu for USDA?

The author says that past precedent from court decisions indicates the USDA will face an uphill battle in its efforts to relocate some employees.

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TSP Changes Made Easy

By on August 28, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Changes Made Easy

Many important changes are coming to the TSP in September. Here is a summary of the new rules and how they will impact federal employees.

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Rough Time in Court for Architect of the Capitol

By on July 10, 2019 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Rough Time in Court for Architect of the Capitol

An appeals court issued two unfavorable decisions for the Architect of the Capitol involving discrimination complaints at the agency.

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The TSP F Fund and the Bearer of Bond News

By on July 8, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The TSP F Fund and the Bearer of Bond News

Can you lose money investing in bonds? The author describes the impact interest rate shifts can have on the TSP’s F Fund.

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TSP Promises and Pitfalls?

By on June 17, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
TSP Promises and Pitfalls?

The guarantee that comes with the G Fund may sound great, but it comes with a hidden retirement risk that many federal employees tend to overlook.

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The Rise of the Occupational Questionnaire

By on May 16, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The Rise of the Occupational Questionnaire

Occupational questionnaires replaced the old KSA process, but may have led to unintended consequences for agencies.

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