Posted on Tuesday, 30th May 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Many agencies are now either considering or have already applied to OPM for approval to offer Voluntary Early Retirements (VERAs) and possibly Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIPs) as well. Now is the time to assess whether or not a VERA, if offered, would be the right thing for you to do based on your circumstances […]

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Posted on Sunday, 14th May 2017 by Dennis Damp

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I’ve been working to place my wife’s and my life on auto pilot as much as possible. Each year I up my game and work to either consolidate, eliminate, or simplify another process, program, or function that will free up our time, space, and just make life less hectic and worrisome. We are preparing, while […]

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Posted on Monday, 13th March 2017 by Dennis Damp

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According to Kiplinger’s, core inflation will increase in 2017 above last year’s rate. Higher inflation generally results in higher Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) the following year. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates soon and several more increases are anticipated this year. This alone will provide relief to all savers including retirees […]

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Posted on Sunday, 12th February 2017 by Dennis Damp

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The saying that “It’s Never Too Late” doesn’t apply to certain aspects of retirement and estate planning. I can attest first hand to this; my father died when I was one and my mother, at age 37, was left with 4 small children of which I was the youngest. My father died without life insurance […]

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Posted on Friday, 27th January 2017 by Dennis Damp

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OPM issued a “Benefits Administration Letter,” number 16-102, announcing that “effective immediately, we will not accept corrections (scratch-outs, white-outs, line-outs, or any other type of correction actions) in the named Sections on the following forms. New forms must be completed in lieu of any alterations to previously entered information.” A manually corrected retirement application could […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Normally, federal annuitants don’t received their 1099R Tax Forms until the end of January or the beginning of February by regular mail. If you are registered to use OPM’s Retirement Services Website your 1099 R is now available for download. I visited the site on January 18, 2016 and was able to download my copy […]

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Posted on Friday, 13th January 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Moving is always stressful no matter if you are working or retired. My wife and I moved 11 times since we first married 47 years ago! Each move had its own unique issues that we had to handle at different times in our lives.  If you are retired there are a number of actions that […]

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Posted on Saturday, 29th October 2016 by Dennis Damp

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Everyone planning their retirement needs to know how much they will have to live on in retirement and how much their annuity and the surviving spouse’s benefit will grow over time. Unlike many private sector retirement plans, our annuities are adjusted annually – most years – with a COLA. I was at a family gathering […]

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