Robert F. Benson

Robert Benson served 35 years in various Federal agencies, as both a management analyst and IT specialist. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Retire at Age 61?

By on May 14, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Retire at Age 61?

What impact can waiting an extra year to retire have on a FERS annuity? The difference might surprise you.

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Health Insurance Costs for Feds: Self + 1

By on April 17, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Health Insurance Costs for Feds: Self + 1

How does Medicare factor into the cost of self + 1 insurance under FEHB? The author looks at some numbers.

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How Much is the Maximum Annuity Supplement?

By on March 20, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
How Much is the Maximum Annuity Supplement?

How do you calculate the maximum FERS annuity supplement? It’s actually a complex calculation. The author breaks down the process.

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No Interim Pay for Some FERS Retirees?

By on February 26, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
No Interim Pay for Some FERS Retirees?

How does interim pay work with the FERS Annuity Supplement? The author provides an explanation.

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How Much is the Maximum 2017 FERS Annuity Supplement?

By on March 8, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How Much is the Maximum 2017 FERS Annuity Supplement?

How much is the FERS annuity supplement for 2017? The author provides an explanation and an example.

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2017 FEHB Premiums for Self + 1

By on February 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
2017 FEHB Premiums for Self + 1

How much money, if any, can you save with the Self Plus One option under FEHB? The author provides some comparison data for 2017 between the Self, Self Plus One, and Family options.

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A Better Way to Do the High-Three Calculation

By on November 28, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
A Better Way to Do the High-Three Calculation

Doing the high-three calculation manually always has been difficult. However, there is a simpler way of performing this calculation as the author explains.

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Simultaneous Membership in Medicare and FEHB

By on October 20, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Simultaneous Membership in Medicare and FEHB

The author says that money is being wasted by the government to encourage retired federal employees to have both Medicare and FEHB coverage, something that he says isn’t necessary.

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How to Fix OPM’s Backlog Problem

By on September 27, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How to Fix OPM’s Backlog Problem

What lies at the core of OPM’s retirement backlog? The author explains the most glaring problem he sees with the situation and what can be done to solve it.

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The Problem with Self Plus One

By on September 12, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 151 Comments
The Problem with Self Plus One

The “self plus one” option under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program has proven to be quite costly. The author looks at how high some of the premiums are and the possible cause.

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