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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Congress Approves VA Reform Bill

A Newly Passed VA Bill Could Mean Big Changes for Federal Employees On June 13, 2017, the House passed a bipartisan bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in a 368 – 55 vote. This bill, the S.1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, originated in the […]

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Federal Retirement Quiz

Are You Ready To Retire? Preparing to retire is a daunting process, especially if you don’t have a secure retirement plan in place. Many federal employees don’t have a special retirement supplement in place, or why it’s beneficial to contribute to your TSP. We have created a custom federal retirement quiz that will help you […]

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Social Security Changes For 2017

Proposed social security changes for retirees in 2017 Change is coming to beneficiaries of social security benefits beginning in January 2017. For starters, full retirement age (FRA), the age when you can collect your full benefit, will creep up from 66 to 67 in two month increments over the next six years. This will affect […]

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What Does the Federal Pay Increase Mean for your Retirement Plan

Civilian federal employees will see an additional 0.5% bump in their paychecks in 2017, according to Government Executive. This raise comes as a surprise to many. Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a 1.6% pay increase. That amount has now increased to 2.1%. Pressure from federal employee unions and members of congress were likely motivators. […]

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Keeping Personal Records For Retirement

Federal retirement counselors share the importance of keeping personal records We love our agencies. Unfortunately, we cannot depend on them to get it right every time. To be human is to err, and this means that discrepancies are bound to happen. What we can do is prepare for them by keeping copies of our own […]

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Determining Retirement Eligibility Under Mixed FERS/CSRS Annuities

Determining what you are eligible for under FERS or CSRS when it comes to your retirement can be confusing. When you have both, it can seem even more complicated. The date of your government hire will determine if you qualify for FERS or CSRS. But what if you fall into the bucket of mixed CSRS […]

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