Michael Wald

Michael Wald is a public affairs consultant and writer based in the Atlanta area. He specializes in topics related to government and labor issues. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor, he served as the agency’s Southeast Regional Director of Public Affairs and Southeast Regional Economist.

TSP Should Remain the Investment of Choice for Federal Employees and Retirees

By on May 21, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
TSP Should Remain the Investment of Choice for Federal Employees and Retirees

While costs for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds continue to decrease, the TSP remains an investment bargain for Federal employees and retirees.

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Turnover Up as More Workers Quit the Federal Government

By on March 22, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Turnover Up as More Workers Quit the Federal Government

The federal government’s turnover rate in FY 2017 increased slightly over the previous year due to more federal employees resigning.

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Emotional Investing: Another View

By on March 14, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Emotional Investing: Another View

The “rational” choice in investing is the one that produces the best financial gain. However, the author says your emotions play a valid role in the process.

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Medicare General Enrollment Period ends March 31

By on February 5, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Medicare General Enrollment Period ends March 31

Medicare’s General Enrollment Period is underway. Many federal retirees opt to take both FEHB and Medicare Part B.

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0.6% Decrease in Federal Employment in 2017

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
0.6% Decrease in Federal Employment in 2017

How have federal employment numbers fared under the first year of the Trump administration? Recent BLS data show a small net decline as of the end of 2017.

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Pay Freeze Proposal is a Cry for Help

By on December 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Pay Freeze Proposal is a Cry for Help

The author says that determining proper pay for federal employees is more complex than simply proposing a pay freeze.

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Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

By on November 19, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Determining Your Medicare Part B Premium Cost Has Gotten More Complicated

The 2018 Medicare Part B premiums have been released, but the formula for figuring them out has become more complex.

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Getting Reimbursed for Your Medicare Part B Premiums

By on October 31, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Getting Reimbursed for Your Medicare Part B Premiums

FEHB plans that will reimburse Federal retirees for at least part of their Part B premium costs are becoming more common in 2018.

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Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

By on October 18, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

Another attempt is being made in Congress to change COLA increases to use the CPI-E in an effort to help retirees. Is this a good idea?

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Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

By on October 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

Two major hurricanes were a big factor in a higher COLA for federal retirees in 2018. The author explains how this happened.

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