civil service retirement system

  • When you really can retire, can you really retire?

    Have you asked yourself all the right questions about your retirement?

  • Not rocket science, but close

    Is the government using the wrong measuring tool to track inflation and thus producing the wrong cost of living adjustments?

  • CSRS time buyout: Fact, fiction or fantasy?

    So what if the government gave current CSRS employees a choice:  retire by a to be determined date and get full CSRS credit for their annuity, or continue in their jobs  but with future benefits compiled under the less-generous FERS system. Which would you choose?

  • 2020 pay raise: What are the odds?

    Who knows if there will be a pay raise… but one thing is for sure, health insurance premiums will be going up. The issue is, what will you pay them with?

  • Good news, Congress is away. Bad news, they’ll be back!

    Despite tough talk from Congress and the White House, the federal employee benefits package has so-far remained untouched.

  • Federal, military, social security retirees inching toward 2020 COLA

    Many retirees will be watching the inflation index from now through September to see what their January cost of living adjustments will look like.

  • Is it time to leave government?

    A lot of people are now wondering if it’s a good time to get out of government and do something else. Jeff Neal reminds feds that an ill-informed move could land you somewhere that is worse than where you are now.

  • Hate to rain on your parade, but…

    Things are looking good. but the possibility of yet another government shutdown remains, as today’s guest columnist Abraham Grungold points out.

  • Round up the usual suspects! Does that include your annuity?

    Nearly every year for the past decade lawmakers have gone after the two major federal retirement programs, FERS and CSRS. So far, groups representing workers and retirees have managed to beat back the changes — but there have been some close calls.

  • FERS/CSRS programs are probably safe, for now

    With half the legislative year over and Democrats running the House while political eyes focus on 2020 races, the retirement plan looks safe for now.