Benefit Guides

  • Federal Employees Retirement Guide 2019

    Do you have questions about your federal retirement? The 2019 Federal Employees Retirement Guide is updated with the latest contacts, changes and references, and addresses your questions and concerns – whether you are still planning your retirement or retiring this year. It also provides vital information for planning early in your federal career to make the most advantageous decisions for a comfortable retirement, including a checklist in the appendix: The 10 Smartest Things You Can Do As You Approach Retirement. Download Now

  • 2019 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

  • 2019 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

  • 2019 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 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 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


  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP): What the TSP Is and How It Fits into an Employee's Overall Retirement

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a Federal government-sponsored retirement savings plan. Since 1987, civilian employees covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have been eligible to contribute to the TSP and to receive partial government matching. Employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) have been eligible to contribute to the TSP since 1988 with no government matching. While TSP participation is optional for both CSRS and FERS employees, the TSP offers the same savings and tax benefits that many private businesses offer their employees through 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans. 02/21/2019 Download Now

  • FERS Retirement Planning: Understanding Your Survivor Benefits

    In addition to giving retirement benefits to employees when they retire from federal service, the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) offers survivor benefits to qualifying relatives of FERS employees. These benefits are paid upon the death of an employee or an annuitant. It is important that FERS employees understand what type of survivor benefits are available to qualifying relatives. This seminar will cover the top 5 things you should know about your survivor benefits. 06/25/2018 Download Now

  • What Happens to Your Insurance Benefits After You Retire?

    This seminar focuses on educating federal employees on the insurance benefits they are entitled to while they are employed, and when they are annuitants after retiring from federal service. These insurance benefits include federal government-sponsored group dental, health, life, long term care and vision insurance. Ed Zurndorfer will address many questions surrounding insurance benefits, ensuring piece of mind that you will have adequate coverage for yourself and your eligible family members—at the least amount of cost. 06/12/2018 Download Now

  • How Much Money Will I Get When I Retire?

    One of the most common questions federal government employees ask about their FERS retirement plan is, “How much money will I get when I retire?” Federal Soup has partnered with federal benefits and financial expert, Ed Zurndorfer, to help you answer that very question, and address many other considerations federal employees must make when planning for retirement. 05/22/2018 Download Now

  • When Can I Retire?

    Federal Soup presents, “When Can I Retire?” the first of a four-part FERS retirement planning series produced to provide you with confidence and knowledge that you and your family are well-prepared and will be taken care of in retirement. In this seminar, Ed Zurndorfer, federal benefits and financial expert, will cover the most frequently asked questions regarding FERS retirement (and other important rules you may not know to ask). 04/26/2018 Download Now

  • Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts: What They Are and Why All Employees Should Consider Enrolling in Them

    Just in time for Open Season, this webcast covers the basics of a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA)—how it works, its benefits, and limitations. Unlike Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), all permanent employees are eligible to contribute to a HCFSA no matter which health insurance plan they are enrolled in. HCFSAs can be extremely helpful to employees who have out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses that they incur for themselves and dependent family members. 10/26/2017 Download Now

  • Health Savings Accounts: What They Are and How Federal Employees Can Benefit from Them—Now and in Retirement

    This webcast covers Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for federal employees. HSAs are unfortunately little understood, but can be extremely beneficial to both employees and annuitants for paying current and future out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses, and current long term care insurance premiums. HSAs can also be great savings and retirement planning vehicles. This webcast will answer your basic questions and provide guidance on whether this program is right for you—just in time for upcoming Open Season. 10/11/2017 Download Now

  • 5 Steps to Preserving Your TSP Account During Retirement

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), established in 1986, has grown immensely in size over the last 30 years both in terms of employee participation and assets under management. As of January 31, 2016 there were 3,272 TSP participants worldwide who have TSP accounts worth more than $1 million. 06/14/2016 Download Now

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