Posted on Thursday, 12th December 2013 by Dennis Damp

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We receive many questions each year about how Medicare interacts with the FEHB program. This is the first of a three part series that introduces the Medicare program including Part A and how to apply. Part 2 discusses what to consider before enrolling in Medicare Part B and Part 3 talks about whether you should […]

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Posted on Saturday, 7th December 2013 by Nancy Holston

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As a Federal Employee I traveled a lot of miles and earned points at Hilton and Marriott hotels. One evening, while minding my own business, I received a call from Hilton Honors with a great deal, three free nights at a Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) Resort in Las Vegas.  All I had to do […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 by Dennis Damp

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OPM recently added a new feature to their Retiree Service Online site at https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/. You can now download and print out a current copy of your FEGLI Verification of Life Insurance (VOLI) Coverage.  You can also print out duplicate 1099s for 2013 on this site when they are released.  Previously you had to request a […]

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Posted on Monday, 18th November 2013 by Dennis Damp

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Another year is almost over! The older I get the faster the days go by and at an alarming rate. Christmas is around the corner and It seems like I just completed our 2012 taxes and sure enough I’m starting to compile information and purchasing Turbo Tax for 2013. Each year I register for OPM’s […]

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Posted on Friday, 8th November 2013 by Dennis Damp

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Our 2014 Leave Record & Scheduling Spreadsheet is now available for download to your desktop. Use it to automatically track your leave balances in all categories, annotate your schedule, and to establish realistic retirement target dates to maximize your benefits when you leave. This FREE spreadsheet automatically calculates your accrued annual and sick leave balances, […]

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Posted on Friday, 1st November 2013 by Dennis Damp

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Federal retirees, social security recipients, and military retirees will receive a 1.5% COLA next year!  This is the lowest COLA since 1985 not counting the two years we did without one. Based on the average retiree’s annuity the 2014 COLA will add approximately $48 monthly for CSRS retirees and $18 for FERS retirees age 62 or older.  It’s hard to […]

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Posted on Thursday, 17th October 2013 by Dennis Damp

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I would say that anyone who has to borrow to pay their mortgage is in trouble, wouldn’t you! Can you imagine having to borrow not only to pay the mortgage but to just make the interest payments on your credit cards and other debt? Fortunately the government shutdown is over and everyone should be back […]

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Posted on Saturday, 5th October 2013 by Dennis Damp

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I retired in 2005 at age 55, almost 9 years ago! Honestly, I wouldn’t have retired if I didn’t have 35+ years of service at the time and an avocation, my business to fall back on.  Had I stayed I would be retiring with 45 years and a maxed out annuity. What I enjoy about […]

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