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.

A New Tool for the Annuity Supplement

By on September 5, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
A New Tool for the Annuity Supplement

The author says that OPM should develop software to aid in calculating the FERS annuity supplement.

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The High-Five Average Salary

By on August 16, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The High-Five Average Salary

There has been discussion in Congress of switching annuity calculations to a high 5 average salary. What is the potential impact on a federal employee’s annuity?

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How Much Difference Does Changing Annuity Contribution Rates Make?

By on July 26, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How Much Difference Does Changing Annuity Contribution Rates Make?

How much of an impact do the increased retirement contributions under FERS have for retirement savings overall? The author analyzes some numbers.

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Segmentation in the FEHB Program

By on June 28, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Segmentation in the FEHB Program

Self plus one premiums in FEHB are often higher than you might expect. The author says it’s due in part to segmenting in the insurance underwriting process.

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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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