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.

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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How is the 2016 FERS Annuity Supplement Calculated?

By on August 30, 2016 in Retirement with 23 Comments

The author provides a basic explanation of how the FERS annuity supplement is calculated as well as why a federal employee would want to make the calculations.

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The Unknown Alternative to Phased Retirement

By on August 17, 2014 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 21 Comments

The author says that the loss of the annuity supplement under phased retirement is a big disadvantage. However, he outlines a comparable alternative that could help offset this loss.

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How Much is the Maximum Annuity Supplement?

By on April 14, 2014 in Retirement with 20 Comments

The procedure for calculating the supplement is clearly spelled out in Chapter 51 of the CSRS & FERS Handbook, but it is a difficult process. The author offers a more concise explanation.

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For New Retirees: More Money in the Interim Payment

By on March 19, 2014 in Retirement with 31 Comments

When Federal employees retire, they start getting “interim” payments, almost immediately. These payments are approximately 60% of the final, fully annuity. For FERS employees under age 62, there is also an annuity supplement of hundreds of dollars. The author offers details on these annuity payments.

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