Federal Retirement Study: Most Employees Don’t Have Enough Saved

Only 18% of American workers say they will be able to fully retire and live a comfortable lifestyle, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS). The organization recently released their 18th Annual Survey on the state of American retirement, with some shocking findings especially related to federal retirement. Not only are Americans planning […]

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USPS VERA 2018 Q&A for Clerks and Mail Handlers

MyFEDBenefits Answers Common Questions About USPS VERA 2018 for Federal Employees MyFEDBenefits hosted a free Facebook Live Q&A event on Tuesday, February 27th for USPS federal employees to ask questions about early retirement and their VERA applications. The VERA (Voluntary Early Retirement Authority) is available to USPS employees with at least 20 years of eligible service. […]

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Federal Retirement Benefits on the Chopping Block in the FY19 Budget

There has been a lot of talk about federal retirement benefits lately. After months of debate and partisan fighting over benefits cuts, both sides passed a plan to protect federal benefits and avoid significant cuts to current and retired employees last November. Congress had finally reached an agreement for the 2018 proposed budget, and everyone employed […]

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OPM Retirement Backlog Exceeds 20,000 Applications in January

The Office of Personnel Management continues to struggle with its extensive retirement backlog, with more than 20,000 applications waiting to be processed for employees across the United States. According to FedSmith, the OPM received 14,590 new retirement applications in January, but it was only able to process 8,638. This deficit of 5,952 was added to […]

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OPM Approves Voluntary Early Retirement Offer for USPS Employees

In early January, the Office of Personnel Management sent a voluntary early retirement offer to the United States Postal Service. The USPS will be able to help older employees retire earlier with better financial benefits than they previously would have received with the early retirement buyout package. The goal of this Voluntary Early Retirement Authority […]

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What The 2018 IRA Contribution Cap Means for Federal Employees

Employees who enter the public sector often turn to an IRA for their retirement planning. They’re used to the concept of an individual retirement account and might have one already set up by an employer or on their own if they are self-employed. However, contribution caps to IRAs can affect how much employees save each […]

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4 Factors That Affected the 2018 COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment)

The government annually reviews the cost of living for retired federal employees and Social Security recipients to determine whether it needs to increase payment amounts. This cost of living adjustment (COLA) takes into consideration the costs associated with basic amenities like food, housing payments, gas, communication, and medical care. If one of these aspects has […]

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6 Questions About Federal Pension Cuts Answered

One of the main goals of the White House and current Congressional leadership is to change how the federal government approaches retirement. The executive branch is looking to reduce costs for retirement and pension plans while making federal jobs seem more appealing in the job market. However, these savings plans have left several employees wondering […]

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What Is a Reduction in Force (RIF) and How Can You Prepare For It?

Whenever there is a change in leadership within the White House, it’s common for the new President to review how various agencies run and make changes to the staffing. This is no different under the current administration. In the past few months, President Trump has made changes to the resources and funding to various federal […]

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Proposed Cuts to Retirement Benefits: What You Need to Know

The first half of 2017 was tumultuous for many retired Americans who closely followed the proposed healthcare reform bills. Along with changes to premiums (particularly for seniors) and rolled back coverage of pre-existing conditions, there were talks about cutting Medicare and Medicaid benefits that are presently offered in the Affordable Care Act. This would have […]

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