Posted on Saturday, 19th August 2017 by Dennis Damp

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The 2017 FEHB open season will run from November 13 through December 11, 2017.  Each year Open Season runs from the Monday of the second full workweek in November through the Monday of the second full workweek in December. Health care services providers are required to submit benefit and rate proposals for the contract term […]

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Posted on Friday, 16th December 2016 by Dennis Damp

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We published the new 2017 Excel Leave Chart back in late October. Since then a few of our site visitors were only able to open the Excel chart in protected mode and couldn’t enter data. If your spreadsheet opens in protected view click the “enable editing” button in the yellow bar at the top of […]

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Posted on Thursday, 17th November 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Now that the 2016 FEHB Open Season is well on its way federal employees and annuitants have access to all of the information they need to make informed decisions. My wife and I are staying with our current plans. There were some minor changes and small premium increases so our decision is made. There is […]

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Posted on Thursday, 6th October 2016 by Dennis Damp

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  OPM announced that the 2016 FEHB Open Season will run from November 14th through December 12 of this year. The 2017 plan rates were released early this year and the average FEHB premiums will increase by 4.4 percent. My wife and I are enrolled in the GEHA Standard Self Plus One plan and our […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Too often the feedback we receive, either solicited or given freely, at work and home is delivered with little tact and therefore ignored or disputed. I recently read an article in the Tribune Review titled “Constructive Feedback Crucial for Career Progress,” by Chris Posti that provided excellent advice for anyone wishing to advance in their […]

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Posted on Thursday, 14th April 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Eleven years and counting since retiring in 2004 at age 55. Those who follow my column know that I didn’t retire: I just changed jobs and now work from home pretty much full time. Business keeps me busy and over the past two years I’ve simplified operations so that my wife and I can devote […]

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Posted on Monday, 11th January 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Important Note: This article is not an investment recommendation and should not to be relied upon when making investment decisions – investors should conduct their own comprehensive research. Please read the Disclaimer at the end of this article. Each year I review our investments and rebalance funds as necessary to maintain a pre determined asset […]

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Posted on Sunday, 29th November 2015 by Dennis Damp

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On November 2, 2015 the President signed HR-1314, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.” This law eliminated the file and suspend option for most Social Security applicants and changed the restricted application rules. These filing strategies allowed couples to increase their lifetime total payout. If you are now at full retirement age and planning to file and suspend you have […]

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