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Posted on Monday, 4th March 2019 by Dennis Damp

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The TSP currently requires that you make a full withdrawal election after you turn 70½ if you haven’t initiated any of the withdrawal options and have separated from federal service. If you fail to do that, the TSP initiates an account “abandonment” process. Fortunately, the new law passed in late 2017 establishes more flexible withdrawal […]

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Posted on Sunday, 24th February 2019 by Dennis Damp

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The President signed a spending bill fully funding the federal government through September of this year. The bill authorized a 1.9% pay raise for federal employees. It will take time for all of the agencies to load the updated tables into their system and we will post the new 2019 pay tables as soon as […]

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Posted on Friday, 8th February 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I received my TSP 2018 Annual Statement this week and there was a short announcement about the Lifecycle (L) Fund changes on the backside of the Highlights sheet. The statement includes your total contributions, projected lifetime monthly annuity amount, fund and account performance statistics and more. The TSP has begun adjusting the L Fund allocations […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 5th February 2019 by Dennis Damp

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I received several emails from federal workers that quit because of the shutdown! They asked how to cash in their FERS retirement. Recently, the Washington Post published an article about federal employee’s facing the decision to “Stay or Quit.“ Certainly, new hires and those with only a few years federal employment were struggling, and I […]

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Posted on Saturday, 19th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Normally, federal annuitants don’t received their 1099R Tax Forms by regular mail until the end of January or the beginning of February. If you are registered to use OPM’s Retirement Services Website your 1099R is now available for download. I visited the site on January 16, 2019 and was able to download my copy that […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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This shutdown is the longest in history and if the parties can’t agree on funding border security this shutdown could go on for some time. The Washington Examiner reported, “Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate […]

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Posted on Friday, 4th January 2019 by Dennis Damp

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Many retirees and survivor annuitants call OPM to change direct deposit information and become frustrated because they can’t get through, their line is busy most of the time. OPM services 2,113,414 federal annuitants, 523,737 survivor annuitants plus postal service retirees as well. It is easy to change monthly annuity payments from one financial institution to […]

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Posted on Thursday, 6th December 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The wild stock market swings are heavy on the minds of investors today, especially for those approaching retirement and retirees living on a fixed income. It is even more problematic if you depend on Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and other retirement account withdrawals.  Market volatility is uncomfortable to say the least when you see what […]

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