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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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Posted on Thursday, 28th May 2015 by Dennis Damp

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Many retirees and active federal employees have been waiting for this for some time now. Starting this fall you will be able to enroll in any of the FEHB health plans under the new Self Plus One rate schedule. This year’s annual open season begins November 9th and the new rates will be effective January 1, […]

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Posted on Friday, 23rd January 2015 by Dennis Damp

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Please forward this article to everyone in your organization that is planning on retiring over the next five years and tag it for your Facebook and other social media pages. Once you retire you lose access to many online agency and government web sites that hold valuable information that you may need after you leave. […]

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Posted on Monday, 14th July 2014 by Dennis Damp

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Federal employees have valuable knowledge, skills, and training that can be highly beneficial to companies after retirement or that can be used to start your own business. Today many companies recruit active federal employees.  FERS employees are more easily persuaded to change careers because most of their benefits can go with them, unlike CSRS employees […]

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