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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The FERS Earnings Test

August 20, 2019 12:23 PM
The FERS Earnings Test

Are you planning to retire before full Social Security retirement age? Be aware of these earnings tests under FERS.

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Your Retirement Income: Will WEP be Repealed?

August 2, 2019 10:44 AM
Your Retirement Income: Will WEP be Repealed?

Another bill has been introduced to eliminate the WEP. What are the chances of this provision actually being repealed?

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

April 10, 2019 3:49 PM
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

February 27, 2019 2:22 PM
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?

February 7, 2019 10:01 AM
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

January 13, 2019 12:21 PM
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

December 10, 2018 2:46 PM
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?

November 18, 2018 12:27 PM
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?

October 31, 2018 2:39 PM
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

October 9, 2018 2:37 PM
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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