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.

What Happens to My Benefits If I Leave Federal Service and Then Return in the Future?

By on April 29, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
What Happens to My Benefits If I Leave Federal Service and Then Return in the Future?

I’m considering leaving federal service, however, I’m wondering what would happen to my benefits if I ended up coming back in the future?

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Why Do Current Federal Employees Get a Higher Raise Than Federal Retirees?

By on April 3, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Do Current Federal Employees Get a Higher Raise Than Federal Retirees?

Why do current federal employees get a much higher pay raise than federal retirees? I am a retiree and feel that this is unfair.

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Are Federal Agencies Required to Offer Retirement Seminars?

By on March 31, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Are Federal Agencies Required to Offer Retirement Seminars?

Are federal agencies required to offer retirement training seminars to their employees?

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Will I Be Forced to Spend My TSP When I Get Older?

By on February 14, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Will I Be Forced to Spend My TSP When I Get Older?

I am 61 and getting ready to retire soon when I turn 62 and can draw my Social Security. It doesn’t appear I will ever need to touch my TSP or IRA, however, I was told I have to spend my TSP when I get older – is this true?

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OPM Releases Additional Hiring Freeze Guidance

By on February 13, 2017 in Human Resources, Q&A with 0 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has provided an extensive list of questions and answers with additional guidance about the hiring freeze.

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Federal Government Contributes Up to 18% of Employees’ Pay?

By on January 30, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Federal Government Contributes Up to 18% of Employees’ Pay?

A recent article noted that “the federal government contributes up to 18 percent of federal employees’ pay” to their retirement plan which led to some confusion among FedSmith readers. Here is an explanation.

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Can I ‘Double Up’ My TSP Contributions If I Retire During the Year I Turn 70 and a Half?

By on January 26, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Can I ‘Double Up’ My TSP Contributions If I Retire During the Year I Turn 70 and a Half?

I will turn 70 at the end of 2017 and was contemplating retiring at the end of that year. If I delay retirement until June 30, 2018 (the year I will turn 70 and ½), can I “double up” my TSP contributions and catch-up contributions as if I worked the full year?

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Why Would I Have to Pay More Than $134 in Medicare Part B Premiums?

By on January 25, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Why Would I Have to Pay More Than $134 in Medicare Part B Premiums?

I was told by a colleague of mine that she has to pay more than the $134 Medicare Part B premium. Why is this the case?

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Are There Any Proposed Cuts to Benefits of Retired Federal Employees?

By on January 23, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Are There Any Proposed Cuts to Benefits of Retired Federal Employees?

I am a federal employee who is already retired under CSRS. Are there any proposals for retirement changes that would impact those of us who have already left federal service?

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Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

By on January 16, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why is Inauguration Day Treated Differently Than Other Holidays?

Can you explain why Inauguration Day is treated differently than other legal public holidays, for “in lieu of” purposes? Some of OPM’s guidance on the holiday is perplexing.

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