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

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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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Can I Be Considered a CSRS Re-Hire Under a Presidential Appointment?

By on July 24, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Can I Be Considered a CSRS Re-Hire Under a Presidential Appointment?

Can I be considered as a CSRS re-hire? If so, how will my previous CSRS time affect any retirement benefits to which I would be entitled eight years from now?

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What Happens to Your Benefits If You Leave Before You Are Eligible for Retirement?

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What Happens to Your Benefits If You Leave Before You Are Eligible for Retirement?

What happens to your federal benefits if you leave before you are eligible to retire? Here is a summary.

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Will Working Longer Increase My Social Security Benefits?

By on July 12, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Will Working Longer Increase My Social Security Benefits?

Will working longer increase Social Security benefits? Here are some key points for federal retirees.

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Retirement Benefits When Leaving Federal Service

By on July 11, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Retirement Benefits When Leaving Federal Service

What retirement benefits will you have available when you decide to retire from federal service? This is what you can expect.

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Stay or Leave: Pros and Cons of Federal vs. Private Sector Employment

By on July 4, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Stay or Leave: Pros and Cons of Federal vs. Private Sector Employment

Should you stay in your federal job or leave for the private sector? The author looks at benefits and considerations of both areas of employment.

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What Can Federal Employees Do to Prepare for Proposed Retirement Cuts?

By on June 25, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What Can Federal Employees Do to Prepare for Proposed Retirement Cuts?

Efforts to reduce pension and salary benefits have led to more uncertainty for federal employees. What can federal employees do to be prepared?

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