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FEHB and That 5-Year Requirement
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith FedSmith.com recently posted an article of mine (See The Five Year Requirement Under FEHB) that dealt with the requirement that an individual must have been enrolled in Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) for the five years immediately preceding retirement…

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FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH DATE FOR NEW ROTH TSP OPTION
January 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced today at its quarterly interagency meeting of Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) coordinators that May 7, 2012 will be the day that the TSP will begin to accept Roth TSP contributions.  The Roth TSP was authorized by the Thrift Savings Plan…

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Choosing between FEHB and TFL
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two part series. In Part I, What is TRICARE for Life, we talked about the very basics of that program. Where it begins to get a little complicated is when a person who is eligible for…

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The Best Day to Retire From Now Until 2020
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith Last December, we determined that the best day to retire in 2011, regardless of whether you are in the CSRS or FERS retirement systems. The concept of “best” is related to financial considerations, specifically maximizing your lump-sum annual leave payment. If you do not carry…

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