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  • 2018 Your FERS Retirement

    Your FERS Retirement: How to Prepare For It, How to Enjoy It, is a publication written specific for the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Since our first edition in 1992, this guide has been the go-to resource for thousands of federal employees wanting to maximize their FERS retirement by taking appropriate actions ahead of time. Download Now

  • 2018 Your CSRS Retirement

    The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) is the older of the two retirement systems that cover many federal and postal employees. Most of these employees began working for the federal government or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) prior to 1984. An employee who retires under CSRS receives a guaranteed lifetime income and cannot outlive their CSRS annuity. Download Now

  • 2018 Optimizing FEHB Health Insurance and Medicare Guide for Federal Employees

    One of the most often asked questions made by active or retired federal employees is: “How do the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program and Medicare work together?” In addition, many employees and retirees have questions as to how their FEHB program premiums are affected once they enroll in Medicare, how to enroll if they retire after age 65, and which Medicare program is right for them. Download Now

  • 2018 Taxation of Federal Retirement Benefits

    Compared to private retirement plans, the federal government has very generous retirement plans for its federal retirees. They are also complicated, particularly with respect to how the various retirement plans are taxed. Download Now

  • 2018 Your Thrift Savings Plan

    The 2018 Your Thrift Savings Plan includes almost 200 pages of TSP retirement information, including an extensive overview of how the TSP has changed. Download Now

  • 2017 Buyouts and Early Outs

    Agencies are again offering both buyouts — also called voluntary separation incentive payments — and early retirements due to cost-cutting pressures, workforce re-alignments, and shrinking federal budgets. Download Now

  • 2017 Retirement Planning for the Last 5-10 Years of Employment

    Retirees and future retirees face problems that most of their parents and grandparents never encountered. These problems include “longevity risk,” that is, outliving one’s pension income, inadequate and increasingly more expensive health care and long-term care expenses, and unaffordable housing. The Retirement Planning for the Last 5-10 Years of Employment guide is compiled and answered by our editors and benefits experts. Inside are the most frequently posed questions sent to us by federal employees towards the end of their career. Download Now

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