Monthly e-News

Financial Well Being

Published: April 2020

By: Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has identified financial well-being as the ultimate measure of the success of financial literacy efforts. Financial literacy efforts traditionally have focused on gaining knowledge and applying that knowledge appropriately to make good financial decisions. Financial well-being is defined by CFPB “as the state of being wherein a person can fully meet current and ongoing financial obligations, can feel secure in their financial future and is able to make choices that allow enjoyment of life.”

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FAQs for Mid-Career FERS Employees

Published: March 2020

By: Vanessa Craddock, Federal Benefits Specialist
Do you have at least 10 years of government service? You may wonder what benefits you have earned at this point and what to expect for the second part of your career. The following are 5 frequently asked questions and answers you may find helpful.
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Your “Personal” Official Personnel Folder

By: Vanessa Craddock, Federal Benefits Specialist

Published: December 2019

What is the OPF?

The OPF is the official record which documents your employment history in the Federal government.

Why do employees need a personal copy of their OPF?

The OPF houses the documentation used by HR to make personnel-related decisions affecting your employment. Whenever information is transferred, forms can be lost or misplaced. HR Specialists change over time and your information goes through different hands and locations. Information necessary to process a sudden change in your employment status may be incorrect or missing. When you maintain your own personal copies of your records, these may be used.
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The FERS Annuity

By: Vanessa Craddock, Federal Benefits Specialist

Published: August 20, 2019

As many Federal employees may know, the FERS retirement program is a three-tiered benefit system: the FERS Annuity, the Social Security retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. It is the FERS portion, however, that serves as the foundation of this retirement plan. So what exactly is a FERS Annuity benefit and what can employees do to get the most from it?
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The Federal Retirement Paper Chase

By: Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist

Published: July 18, 2019

If you are a soon-to-be-retired Federal employee, you should begin the retirement application “paper chase” about six months before the date you plan to retire. No need to panic. It actually requires less paperwork for you to leave Federal service than it did for you to enter!  Continue reading

What To Do First When a Loved One Dies

By: Marc S. Levine, Esquire

Published: May 20, 2019

What are some of the practical considerations when a loved one dies? A lot of my work [or “an estate planning attorney’s work”] with clients is about planning for some low-probability / high-impact events – such as early or unexpected death, as well as planning for the reality that all of us will pass. This is one of the most important aspects of what we do – helping people navigate what can be a complicated maze of what has to be done after someone dies.

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