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.

Could I Do Better Investing My Annuity Contributions?

By on August 21, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Could I Do Better Investing My Annuity Contributions?

Could a federal employee under FERS wind up with more money investing his annuity contributions? The author provides an analysis.

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How Much Will Be in My IRA?

By on April 9, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How Much Will Be in My IRA?

You have to begin taking withdrawals from your IRAs when you reach a certain age. How likely is this to exhaust your principal?

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The Future of the Retirement Backlog

By on February 21, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
The Future of the Retirement Backlog

The author says that the retirement backlog at OPM is projected to get worse, and he proposes a solution which he says could reduce the backlog quickly.

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Medicare and FEHB: A Bizarre Arrangement

By on January 29, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Medicare and FEHB: A Bizarre Arrangement

The author says that Medicare and FEHB are good benefits separately, but they do not work well when used together.

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What is the 2019 Maximum Annuity Supplement?

By on January 7, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
What is the 2019 Maximum Annuity Supplement?

Calculating the FERS annuity supplement is a complex process. The author provides an explanation and example.

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I Was Passed Over for a Promotion – What Can I Do?

By on October 29, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
I Was Passed Over for a Promotion – What Can I Do?

The author says it is too subjective to say there is a “best qualified” employee for a job, so how can someone win an EEO complaint regarding non-selection?

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How is the FERS Annuity Supplement Calculated?

By on September 24, 2018 in Retirement with 0 Comments
How is the FERS Annuity Supplement Calculated?

How does one calculate the special retirement supplement for FERS employees?

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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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