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

Feb 21, 2019

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.

Duration: 1 hour

FERS Retirement Planning: Understanding Your Survivor Benefits

Jun 25, 2018

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.

What Happens to Your Insurance Benefits After You Retire?

Jun 12, 2018

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.

Duration: 1 hour

How Much Money Will I Get When I Retire?

May 22, 2018

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.

When Can I Retire?

Apr 26, 2018

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).

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

Oct 26, 2017

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.

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

Oct 11, 2017

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.

5 Steps to Preserving Your TSP Account During Retirement

Jun 14, 2016

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.