John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.

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Open Season Changes and the Five Year Rule

By on November 12, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Open Season Changes and the Five Year Rule

If you plan to carry your FEHB into retirement, be careful not to get tripped up by the five year rule.

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Should You Elect Medicare Part B?

By on October 29, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Should You Elect Medicare Part B?

While there is no “one size fits all” answer on Medicare Part B, these are some things you should keep in mind when deciding whether to enroll.

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When Can You Expect Your First Social Security Payment?

By on October 25, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
When Can You Expect Your First Social Security Payment?

When can you expect to get your first Social Security payment in retirement? The answer might surprise you.

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Does Your Unused Sick Leave Count Towards Your Retirement Eligibility?

By on October 19, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Does Your Unused Sick Leave Count Towards Your Retirement Eligibility?

How is your unused sick leave factored into your annuity calculation? The author clarifies what he says is a frequent misconception among federal employees.

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I Worked Part Time Under FERS; How Does This Affect My Annuity?

By on October 10, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
I Worked Part Time Under FERS; How Does This Affect My Annuity?

I’m a FERS employee who has worked part time for part of my federal career. How does this affect my length of service and the way my FERS annuity is computed?

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What Can I Do to Fix a Roth IRA Contribution When I Exceeded the Income Limitations?

By on October 4, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Can I Do to Fix a Roth IRA Contribution When I Exceeded the Income Limitations?

Last year I contributed the max to a Roth IRA, but it turned out that my income was too high to contribute. Is it too late for me to fix this?

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What Are the Best Retirement Dates for Law Enforcement Officers?

By on October 3, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Are the Best Retirement Dates for Law Enforcement Officers?

With respect to the “best” date to retire, are there special considerations for law enforcement officers?

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When is the Best Date to Retire in 2017?

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When is the Best Date to Retire in 2017?

Are you planning to leave federal service at the end of the year? These are some important considerations for maximizing your annuity and leave payments.

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What Impact Does Returning to Federal Service Have on Your Annuity?

By on September 14, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Impact Does Returning to Federal Service Have on Your Annuity?

If you have already retired from federal service but choose to return, how would this impact your annuity?

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Can I Deposit an Inheritance I Received Into My TSP Account?

By on September 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Can I Deposit an Inheritance I Received Into My TSP Account?

My Aunt Bertha died and left me a tidy sum as an inheritance. Can I deposit this money in my Thrift Savings Plan account?

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