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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When is the Best Date to Take SSA’s Early Out Retirement Offer?

By on April 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
When is the Best Date to Take SSA’s Early Out Retirement Offer?

SSA is offering some of its employees an “early out” on retirement. The author explains the best dates for these employees to plan their retirement.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath

By on February 27, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Don’t Hold Your Breath

The author says that while a couple of bills that would boost federal retirement benefits are welcome news, they are unlikely to become law.

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How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?

By on February 7, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?

What tax related documents do you need to keep, and for how long do you need to keep them? These are some guidelines for tax purposes.

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A Lack of Financial Planning Leads to Unpleasant Consequences

By on January 13, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
A Lack of Financial Planning Leads to Unpleasant Consequences

The author says the partial government shutdown is a reminder for federal employees to always be prepared with emergency savings to get through tough times.

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Military Deposits and Your Annuity

By on December 10, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Military Deposits and Your Annuity

How do military deposits affect FERS and CSRS retirement calculations? Here is an overview.

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Can You Work Longer in a Position with Mandatory Retirement?

By on November 18, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Can You Work Longer in a Position with Mandatory Retirement?

Some federal positions have mandatory retirement ages, but what if an individual wishes to work longer?

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How Does the Annual COLA Affect FERS Transferees?

By on October 31, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
How Does the Annual COLA Affect FERS Transferees?

I am a FERS Transferee. How does the cost of living adjustment (COLA) affect my annuity payment?

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Roth Re-Characterization Deadline Fast Approaching

By on October 9, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Roth Re-Characterization Deadline Fast Approaching

Have you re-characterized a Roth IRA? This October has an important deadline for taxpayers using this technique.

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Is ‘When Actually Employed’ Service Treated Differently From Full-Time Service?

By on September 29, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Is ‘When Actually Employed’ Service Treated Differently From Full-Time Service?

Is WAE (When Actually Employed) service treated differently from full-time service?

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What is Discontinued Service Retirement?

By on August 26, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What is Discontinued Service Retirement?

Discontinued Service Retirement (DSR) is the only type of federal retirement that is not considered voluntary. These are some examples.

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