3 Early Retirement Options For Federal Employees

For some federal employees working until they’re eligible for the traditional FERS retirement just isn’t in the cards. And while retiring after 20 or 30 years of uninterrupted service is usually uncomplicated, there is often confusion about what early retirement options are available; this week, we will review three early retirement options: postponed, deferred, andContinue reading “3 Early Retirement Options For Federal Employees”

FERS Annual And Sick Leave At Retirement

As federal employees approach the end of their careers and start the retirement planning process, many wonder what will happen to their leave. Will they receive a lump sum payment or credit toward their FERS annuity? There can be a lot of confusion around the treatment of sick leave, especially since prior to the 2010Continue reading “FERS Annual And Sick Leave At Retirement”

Federal Pay Raises Vs. FERS COLAs

With the most significant FERS cost of living adjustment (COLA) in over a decade (4.9%) for FERS retirees and only a 2.7% pay raise for active federal employees set for January 2022, many feds are wondering why the large difference? This is a legitimate question, especially considering the recent jump in inflation. And the reasonContinue reading “Federal Pay Raises Vs. FERS COLAs”

What Federal Employees Should Do 1 Year Before Retirement

Although, as a federal employee, you should begin planning for retirement years before you hand in your application, the year before retirement is critical to set yourself up for the transition. This period is essential since you’ll have limited time to review your finances and make decisions that will affect the rest of your life.Continue reading “What Federal Employees Should Do 1 Year Before Retirement”

How Will Your Federal Retirement Benefits Be Taxed?

Many federal employees don’t realize the impact that taxes will have on their retirement income. But the truth is that if not factored into your retirement planning, taxes can destroy your financial plan. Even if retirement is many years away, understanding how your federal retirement income will be taxed will help you be proactive withContinue reading “How Will Your Federal Retirement Benefits Be Taxed?”

How Is Your FERS High-3 Calculated?

Most federal employees have heard the term “High-3,” and many understand that their pension will be a percentage of this amount. But few know how to compute their High-3 or what pay is actually included in it. However, since your High-3 is required to calculate your pension, it’s critical to understand in order to estimateContinue reading “How Is Your FERS High-3 Calculated?”

How Do The FERS COLAs Work?

As a federal employee, one of your greatest benefits is your FERS pension, and one of the greatest aspects of your pension is the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) applied while you’re in retirement. The reason these COLAs are such a powerful part of your pension is that they will help you maintain your standard of livingContinue reading “How Do The FERS COLAs Work?”

Can Federal LEOs Elect the Postponed Or Deferred Retirement?

Although we have covered the enhanced retirement benefits for LEOs and the FERS early retirement options (Postponed and Deferred), we haven’t reviewed whether LEOs can retire under one of these early retirement options. And while many LEOs will retire under the Immediate retirement, there will undoubtedly be those who separate before full eligibility for oneContinue reading “Can Federal LEOs Elect the Postponed Or Deferred Retirement?”

FERS Early Retirement Options: Postponed Vs. Deferred

Although retiring after 20 or 30 years of uninterrupted service is usually uncomplicated, for federal employees who want to retire early, there is often confusion between two options: the postponed and deferred retirements. And while both involve separating from service early and receiving the FERS pension later, there are significant differences between the two thatContinue reading “FERS Early Retirement Options: Postponed Vs. Deferred”

8 Things Federal Employees Should Do 5 Years Before Retirement

For most federal employees, retirement has always seemed like a far-away concept and not a top priority. But as retirement starts to loom, it usually causes an abrupt change in priorities. This change typically occurs five to ten years before retirement, and for good reason. This period is critical for federal employees since specific enrollmentContinue reading “8 Things Federal Employees Should Do 5 Years Before Retirement”