John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a firm that provides pre-retirement training and seminars to a wide variety of federal agencies. FCE's instructors are all retired federal retirement specialists who educate class participants on the ins and outs of federal retirement and benefits; there is never an attempt to influence participants to invest a certain way, or to purchase any financial products. John and FCE specialize in retirement for special category employees, such as law enforcement officers.

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13 Things You Should Know About Taxes and Federal Retirement

By on January 28, 2016 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

Tax time is closer than you think. Here are 13 things you should know about taxes and your federal retirement.

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How to Get the Most Money From Your TSP Matching Contributions

By on January 10, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Are you a highly compensated FERS employee who contributes the maximum to the TSP each year? Don’t risk losing any of the government’s matching contributions by maxing out your TSP before the end of the year.

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Front-Loading Your TSP

By on January 4, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Front-Loading Your TSP

Are you planning to retire in 2016? You may want to consider front-loading your TSP. The author explains the benefits of this strategy.

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Does the Recent Spending Bill Expand ID Theft Protection for Federal Employees?

By on December 28, 2015 in Q&A with 0 Comments

I’ve heard that the recent tax and spending legislation expanded identity theft protection to federal employees who were affected by the OPM data breach. Is this true?

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Tax Traps for Federal Employees to Avoid

By on December 21, 2015 in Retirement with 0 Comments

The author outlines some retirement tax traps for federal employees that can be avoided with proper planning.

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Spending Bill Extends Exemptions from TSP Withdrawal Penalty for Some Federal Employees

By on December 18, 2015 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Certain “special category” federal employees will benefit from a provision in the new tax and spending bill that extends penalty free withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan under certain conditions.

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Premium Changes for FEGLI in 2016

By on December 15, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

FEGLI has changed premiums for current enrollees effective the first full pay period of 2016. The author describes the changes in costs that federal employees can expect to see next year.

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Can I Contribute to Both an IRA and the TSP?

By on December 15, 2015 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

A co-worker recently told me that I could contribute to both an IRA and the TSP. Is this true?

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Funding Your Retirement Accounts in 2016

By on December 9, 2015 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

How much can you contribute to your IRA in 2016? Can you contribute to both your IRA and TSP accounts? The author answers questions such as these to help you plan for funding your retirement accounts in the new year.

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Is There an Extra Pay Period in 2016, and If So How Will It Affect My TSP Contributions?

By on December 8, 2015 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments

I’ve heard that 2016 will have 27 pay periods. Is that true? If it is true, how will it affect my TSP contributions?

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