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 Does ‘Creditable Civilian Service’ Mean?

By on July 10, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Does ‘Creditable Civilian Service’ Mean?

I often see the phrase “creditable civilian service” in FedSmith articles – what does this mean?

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How is Your Retirement Annuity Calculated When Switching From CSRS to FERS?

By on June 11, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
How is Your Retirement Annuity Calculated When Switching From CSRS to FERS?

How is a retirement annuity calculated for someone who switched from CSRS to FERS?

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Will My Federal Retirement Benefits Be a Meaningful Source of Income for Me?

By on May 22, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Will My Federal Retirement Benefits Be a Meaningful Source of Income for Me?

I entered federal service late in my working life (at age 52). Will my federal retirement benefits be a meaningful source of income for me?

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The Cost of the Proposed Benefits Cuts

By on May 14, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Cost of the Proposed Benefits Cuts

The author says that recent proposals will end up reducing federal employees’ benefits by more than the value of the TSP’s F, S and I Funds combined.

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TSP and Combat Zone Pay

By on April 18, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
TSP and Combat Zone Pay

I contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan from tax exempt combat zone pay. What will happen when I begin withdrawing money from the TSP?

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Have You Checked Your Social Security Statement for Errors?

By on April 1, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Have You Checked Your Social Security Statement for Errors?

What should you do if you find errors in your Social Security statement? The author lists some suggestions and also highlights the need to periodically check your statements.

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Marrying Before or After Your Federal Retirement: Pros vs. Cons

By on March 14, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Marrying Before or After Your Federal Retirement: Pros vs. Cons

I’m retiring in a few years and I’m in a long-term relationship, but I’m not married. What are the pros and cons of marrying before or after retirement?

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Can LEO Employees Extend Their Service Outside of Law Enforcement to Become Eligible for the 1.1% Annuity Computation?

By on February 22, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

Can a law enforcement employee extend working years in a non-law enforcement capacity to become eligible for the 1.1% FERS annuity calculation?

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What Impact Does Sick Leave Have on the FERS Annuity Computation?

By on February 14, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Impact Does Sick Leave Have on the FERS Annuity Computation?

Because unused sick leave is used in the computation of my annuity, will it allow me to receive the 1.1% FERS computation factor?

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What’s the Difference in the 1% and 1.1% FERS Annuity Computations?

By on February 6, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What’s the Difference in the 1% and 1.1% FERS Annuity Computations?

I’ve heard that there are two different computation factors that are used in computing the FERS annuity; 1% and 1.1%. What’s the difference between them?

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