Q&A

Our Q&A section features questions that the FedSmith.com authors answer that our readers send to them. We share them here to help you with your federal career as well as planning for your retirement. We encourage you to send your questions to the authors for use in future posts.

Can LEO Employees Extend Their Service Outside of Law Enforcement to Become Eligible for the 1.1% Annuity Computation?

By on February 22, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

Can a law enforcement employee extend working years in a non-law enforcement capacity to become eligible for the 1.1% FERS annuity calculation?

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What Impact Does Sick Leave Have on the FERS Annuity Computation?

By on February 14, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What Impact Does Sick Leave Have on the FERS Annuity Computation?

Because unused sick leave is used in the computation of my annuity, will it allow me to receive the 1.1% FERS computation factor?

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Shrinking Supplemental Annuity Payments: Response from OPM

By on February 13, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Shrinking Supplemental Annuity Payments: Response from OPM

Readers have asked questions about the reduction in their annuity payments for retired federal law enforcement officers. Here is OPM’s response.

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What’s the Difference in the 1% and 1.1% FERS Annuity Computations?

By on February 6, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
What’s the Difference in the 1% and 1.1% FERS Annuity Computations?

I’ve heard that there are two different computation factors that are used in computing the FERS annuity; 1% and 1.1%. What’s the difference between them?

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Who Invented Government Shutdowns?

By on January 19, 2018 in Q&A with 0 Comments
Who Invented Government Shutdowns?

When and why did government shutdowns first occur? The reason is a 1980 memo from the attorney general under President Jimmy Carter who concluded a law passed in 1870 required a shutdown.

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Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

By on January 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Does My Locality Pay Rate Include the Basic Percentage Increase?

Does the locality pay raise percentage cited for 2018 include the basic pay raise of 1.4%?

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How Are Locality Pay Rates Computed?

By on January 2, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
How Are Locality Pay Rates Computed?

How are the locality pay calculations done? The increase in my 2018 salary with locality pay factored in seems to be lower than what I was expecting.

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Why Are Current Federal Employees Not Getting the Same Raise as Federal Retirees?

By on December 13, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Are Current Federal Employees Not Getting the Same Raise as Federal Retirees?

Federal retirees will get a higher pay raise next year than what is proposed for current federal employees. I feel this is unfair; why is this the case?

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How is Modified Adjusted Gross Income Calculated?

By on December 8, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
How is Modified Adjusted Gross Income Calculated?

I understand that my Medicare Part B premiums can be higher if my modified adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. How is MAGI calculated?

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How Do I Know What I Will Receive in Social Security Benefits?

By on October 19, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
How Do I Know What I Will Receive in Social Security Benefits?

How do I figure out what I will actually receive in Social Security benefits if I retire at age 55?

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