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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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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How Does the GPO Affect Your Pension?

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How Does the GPO Affect Your Pension?

What is the Government Pension Offset, and how does it affect your pension?

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How Does the WEP Affect Your Retirement Income?

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How Does the WEP Affect Your Retirement Income?

What is the Windfall Elimination Provision, and how can it affect your retirement income?

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How is Modified Adjusted Gross Income Calculated?

By on December 8, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
How is Modified Adjusted Gross Income Calculated?

I understand that my Medicare Part B premiums can be higher if my modified adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. How is MAGI calculated?

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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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