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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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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When Do Your FEGLI Changes Take Effect?

By on September 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
When Do Your FEGLI Changes Take Effect?

If you made changes to your FEGLI options in the last open season, you may be wondering when they take effect. Here are the details of what to expect.

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TSP Hardship Withdrawals and Hurricane Harvey

By on August 31, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Hardship Withdrawals and Hurricane Harvey

Based on past experience, the TSP may provide aid to federal employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey via hardship in-service withdrawals.

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Can I Roll My Spouse’s 401(k) Over to the TSP?

By on August 30, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Can I Roll My Spouse’s 401(k) Over to the TSP?

My spouse is retiring and has over $300,000 in his 401(k) plan. How would he go about rolling this over to the TSP?

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Does the TSP’s Annual Contribution Limit Include the Agency Match?

By on August 22, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Does the TSP’s Annual Contribution Limit Include the Agency Match?

One of my co-workers said the $18,000 annual contribution limit to the TSP includes both his portion and the agency match. Is this a lost savings opportunity?

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What Penalties Would I Face If I Retire at 62 With Less Than 20 Years of Service?

By on August 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
What Penalties Would I Face If I Retire at 62 With Less Than 20 Years of Service?

What penalties would I face if I retire at 62 years old but have less than 20 years in service?

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Some Medicare Beneficiaries Could See Higher Premiums in 2018

By on August 10, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Some Medicare Beneficiaries Could See Higher Premiums in 2018

Income related monthly adjustments increase the Medicare Part B premiums for some beneficiaries. Here is a summary of when these kick in.

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How Do You Take Away a Benefit That’s Already Been Paid For?

By on August 7, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Do You Take Away a Benefit That’s Already Been Paid For?

Recent proposals suggest cutting federal employees’ retirement benefits, however, the author says that lawmakers may not understand how these are funded.

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I Took EPA’s Buyout Offer; When Should I Leave?

By on August 2, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
I Took EPA’s Buyout Offer; When Should I Leave?

I took the EPA’s VERA/VSIP offer and am wondering when to set the effective date of my retirement.

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