Trust But Verify

For many long-term Federal Employees, the dream of retirement becomes tangible after reaching 20 or 25 years of creditable service, usually around age 50 or 55. By then, you may even start counting the days until your retirement date. Looking forward to retirement doesn’t have to mean you stop enjoying your work and the many friends […]

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FEGLI: Not Just Another Pasta Course

When you started your job in one of those cavernous government buildings downtown, you probably knew that you were sacrificing the dream of a corner office or keys to the partners’ restroom in exchange for the infamous federal government employee benefits. The vacation, sick leave, telecommuting, healthcare, and Thrift Savings Plan are all wonderful, but the many […]

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Irreversible Mistakes with Your Federal Benefits

Our recent post, Trust but Verify, showed that relying on your agency’s HR staff to determine your retirement qualifications can have serious consequences. There are many common mistakes that Federal Employees make regarding their benefits that can have irreversible effects, including the selection of FEGLI Option B by younger Federal Employees that we discussed in an earlier post. […]

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We Are Starting A Revolution

Surfing the web to learn about your Federal benefits? The options don’t look so great, do they? You can try to sift through the textbook-style mountains of data, or read a million articles that are pretty much cut-and-pasted from OPM’s website (and take the gamble that they might actually tell you what you need to know), […]

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CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program

The CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program has been available to CSRS or CSRS Offset employees for many years. VCP can be a very useful option for the CSRS employee to significantly increase their retirement savings by allowing them to contribute up to 10% of their lifetime federal earnings to this account. Unfortunately FERS employees or those […]

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