Kelly Monroe

Kelly L. Monroe is the creator of the FERS Blueprint Retirement Training System. She a retirement benefits trainer and has consulted with over 2,300 Federal employees to help them clarify their retirement planning. Be sure to get your free benefit guide, The 7 Superheroes of FERS Retirement Benefits, to use as a handy one-page reference guide for retirement planning.

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The Little TSP Rule with a Big Impact

December 11, 2020 3:44 PM , Updated December 17, 2020 7:00 PM
The Little TSP Rule with a Big Impact

There’s a more obscure rule in the TSP that can potentially be costly to federal retirees.

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What is the Best Date for Federal Employees to Retire?

November 25, 2020 8:52 AM
What is the Best Date for Federal Employees to Retire?

These are some important considerations that can help federal employees when choosing a date to retire from federal service.

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I’m xx Age; Can I Retire Yet?

September 23, 2020 2:34 PM , Updated October 2, 2020 7:23 AM
I’m xx Age; Can I Retire Yet?

How does the Minimum Retirement Age (MRA) under FERS factor into your retirement eligibility?

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The TSP Modernization Act: Expectations vs. Reality

May 20, 2020 1:47 PM , Updated July 28, 2020 5:30 PM
The TSP Modernization Act: Expectations vs. Reality

The TSP Modernization Act was supposed to add flexibility for TSP participants, but is that what it really did?

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The 3 Big Retirement Myths That Could Wreck Your Plans

August 12, 2019 2:36 PM , Updated August 24, 2019 6:58 PM
The 3 Big Retirement Myths That Could Wreck Your Plans

These are three common mistakes federal employees can make that harm their retirement plans.

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How To Keep Your FEHB (Health Insurance) When You Retire

May 6, 2018 1:14 PM , Updated May 13, 2018 9:29 AM
How To Keep Your FEHB (Health Insurance) When You Retire

In order to carry FEHB coverage into retirement, you must meet these requirements. The author also addresses some questions federal employees are likely to have.

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What’s the Impact of the [PROPOSED] FERS Benefit Cuts?

February 18, 2018 6:34 PM , Updated February 26, 2018 10:36 AM
What’s the Impact of the [PROPOSED] FERS Benefit Cuts?

The White House’s 2019 budget outlined a number of proposed cuts to federal employees’ benefits. How much of an impact would these have on your retirement?

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5 Things a Widow or Widower Would Tell You About FERS Survivor Benefits + A Common Question

February 15, 2018 3:53 PM , Updated February 24, 2018 4:37 PM
5 Things a Widow or Widower Would Tell You About FERS Survivor Benefits + A Common Question

How much does your spouse receive from your FERS pension if you pass away? That depends on the survivor benefit option you choose.

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What’s Better: TSP or Roth TSP?

November 26, 2017 10:00 AM
What’s Better: TSP or Roth TSP?

Which is better for your retirement savings: the TSP or the Roth TSP? Here are the basic differences and some resources to help you with this decision.

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Retirement Success Habit: Getting Your TSP Ready For 2018

October 22, 2017 1:14 PM , Updated October 31, 2017 12:01 PM
Retirement Success Habit: Getting Your TSP Ready For 2018

The IRS has announced the TSP contribution limits for 2018. Here are some tips on maximizing your retirement savings in the TSP.

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