The author outlines special retirement considerations in areas such as FERS annuity calculations, the Thrift Savings Plan, and insurance for federal employees who work in law enforcement.
Those who work for the federal government have constant uncertainty regarding the status of their pensions. The author offers some details about what one’s pension might look like under the increased contribution rates that Congress recently passed.
When it becomes fully operational, the phased retirement program will allow pre-approved employees to reduce their work schedule to part-time, while simultaneously paying them a partial annuity. Will this be a net gain for employees?
The FERS annuity supplement is probably going to end. How will it impact your retirement plans?
Your FERS or CSRS annuity will continue for the rest of your life, and the amount of your annuity is determined by your high-3 average salary and your years of service. The amount that you contributed to FERS or CSRS doesn’t matter.
The authors point out that as few as six hours of sick leave can increase your retirement annuity.
The unfunded liability of the older CSRS retirement system will hit a peak of $684.8 billion by 2023. Your future pension benefits should be secure despite the financial shortfall, according to OPM, as the number of people covered by CSRS continues to decline.
The author offers some details and example calculations on the lump sum, survivor annuity, and life insurance benefits.
How is your federal employee annuity calculated? It is based on two numbers. Here is how it works.
The author says that evaluating retirement systems to determine which one is “better” is difficult, but he says that the annuity is the key element.