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Our Federal Retirement Planning Blog provides in-depth retirement planning articles that supplement the information presented on this site. All of the articles by our writers are posted on our Blog and this alphabetical article index will help site visitors find articles of personal interest. We cover a broad range of subjects, anything and everything related to retirement. 

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1099 Rs Available, Social Security Filing, & Updates
2018 FEHB Open Season & Retiree Jobs Update by Dennis Damp
2019 COLA Announced by Dennis Damp
2019 FEHB Premiums Announced + Updates by Dennis Damp
2019 Leave Spreadsheet by Denns Damp

2019 Medicare Part B Premiums

 

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A Greek Holiday – Exploring Greek Ports of Call by Nancy Holston
A Roth IRA’s Many Benefits by Paul Risser
A Life Insurance Check-Up: Understanding FEGLI Coverage – Part 1 by Linda Sherman
A Life Insurance Check-up: Evaluating Your Insurance Needs – Part 2 by Linda Sherman
A Way Out – It Pays to Complain by Dennis Damp
An Estate Planning Checklist by Paul Risser
Andrew McCabe Fired – Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Impact by Dennis Damp
Alaska Cruising – Late Summer Deals to Alaska are Abundant by Nancy Holston
An African Photo Safari (Part I) by Nancy Holston
An African Safari (Part 2) by Nancy Holston
Annuity Calculations for Part Time Service by Dennis Damp
Annuity Calculator – What You Will Have When by Dennis Damp
Annuity Statements, Open Season Comments, & Closing Thoughts by Dennis Damp
Are You Considering A Move or Vacation Home Purchase After You Retire? by Dennis Damp
Are You Ready For Retirement? by Dennis Damp

 

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The Beat Goes On – Retiree Health and Fitness Perspective by Dennis Damp
FEHB Open Season Update & Best Date to Retire in 2017 by Dennis Damp
Blue Cross Focus to GEHA Standard Plan Comparison by Dennis V. Damp
Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic to GEHA Standard FEHB Plan Comparisons by Dennis Damp
Blue Cross Focus to GEHA Standard Plan Comparison  by Dennis Damp
Borrowing to Pay the Mortgage by Dennis Damp

 

 

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Capturing Your Travel Memories by Nancy Holston
Career Development & the Retirement Connection by Dennis Damp
CAUTION – Do This Before You Retire by Dennis Damp
CAUTION – Don’t Lose Your FEHB Coverage by Dennis Damp
Then and Now Plus CD Rates on the Rise by Dennis Damp
US Census Jobs – Annuitants APPLY NOW by Dennis Damp
2019 COLA Announced by Dennis Damp
2018 COLA, FEHB Suspension, and Jobs Updates by Dennis Damp
2017 COLA, Federal Employee’s Leave Chart, & Pay Raise by Dennis Damp
The 2016 COLA and Your Annuity by Dennis Damp
Connect to OPM Retirement Services Online by Herbert Casey
Collecting Social Security While Still Working and CSRS Offset Concerns by Dennis Damp
Connecting to FEHB Open Season Online by Dennis Damp
Constructive Feedback at Work and Home | LTC Update by Dennis Damp
Could You Survive on Interim Retirement Check Payments? by Dennis Damp
Critical Contacts, FERS Redeposits, & Much Ado About Everything by Dennis Damp

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Avoiding the TSP 10% Penalty and How to Collect a Deferred Annuity by Dennis Damp
How to Defer Medicare Part B Enrollment by Dennis Damp
Did You Hear That? – A Fitting End to A Frustrating Problem by Dennis Damp
Are Dividend Stocks A Safe Haven For Retirees? by Dennis Damp
Don’t Get Burned by Your Old Divorce Decree by Ann Ozuna
Don’t Miss the Bus by Chuck Jumpeter
Don’t Overlook Credit for Military Service by Herbert Casey
How an Annuity & the TSP Are Divided in a Divorce
Federal Benefits in Divorce – After the Decree, now what? by Ann Ozuna
Is it Time to Update Your Designated Beneficiary Forms? by Dennis Damp

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Early Retirement Incentives – VERAs May be on the Way by Dennis Damp (5-30-2017)
Earning Extra Income in Retirement and Having Fun at the Same Time by Dennis Damp (5-30-2013)
An Estate Planning Checklist by Paul Risser

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Federal Benefits in Divorce – After the Decree, now what? by Ann Ozuna
FEGLI Insurance Options Part (1) / Retiree Jobs Update / Hearing Loss Help Forum by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Insurance Options (Part 2) – Options A, B & C by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Insurance Options (Part 3) – Life Event Changes + COLA Update by Dennis Damp
2018 FEHB Open Season & Retiree Jobs Update by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Open Season, Phased Retirement, & Updates by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Open Season, Long Term Care, and Lifestyle Updates by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Open Season Considerations – Take a Second Look by Dennis Damp
FEHB Insurance Company Dispute Resolution by Linda Sherman
Getting a Head Start on the FEHB Open Season by Dennis Damp
2019 FEHB Premiums Announced + Updates by dennis Damp
FEGLI Rate Changes, Annuity Adjustments & More by Dennis Damp
CAUTION – Don’t Lose Your FEHB Coverage by Dennis Damp 
2018 FEHB Premium Increases – FEMA Disaster Relief Jobs For Retires +  UPDATES by Dennis Damp
FEHB Open Season, Federal Retirement Report, and Site Recognition by Dennis Damp (
FEHB Open Season & 2017 Leave Chart Updates – Retiree Jobs by Dennis Damp
Ready – Set – Go! FEHB Open Season by Dennis Damp
Connecting to FEHB Open Season Online by Dennis Damp
FEHB Open Season Prep + Qualifying Life Events by Dennis Damp
FEHB Open Season Update & Best Date to Retire in 2017 by Dennis Damp
FEHB Open Season, Federal Retirement Report, and Site Recognition by Dennis Damp
FEHB Self Plus One Clarification, Plan Comparison Tool, & TRICARE Update by Dennis Damp
FEHB Self Plus One – A Major Disappointment by Dennis Damp
FERS Supplements, Deferred Annuities and the Travel Forum by Dennis Damp
FERS Annuity Supplement Eligibility and Earnings Limitations + Annuity Projection by Dennis Damp
FERS & CSRS Retirements – Looking in the Rear View Mirror by Dennis Damp
FERS Sick Leave & Hearing is Believing Too! by Dennis Damp
Have You considered Hiring A Financial Adviser? by Dennis Damp
Are Your Loved Ones at Risk – Final Arrangements (Part 1) by Dennis Damp
Final Arranagements – Funeral & Burial Options (Part 2) by Dennis Damp
Finding the Right One – Finally, She Has A Soul by Dennis Damp
How to Find Essential Retirement & Benefit Information by Dennis V. Damp
Retirement Application & Benefit Forms – Don’t Make This Mistake! by Dennis Damp
FREE At Last – The Good, Bad, and Inevitable of Turning 65 by Dennis Damp

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Getting it Right the First Time by Dennis Damp
Get Ready for “Phased Retirement” – A New Benefit by Herbert Casey
2017 is a Wrap – Good News For 2018 by Dennis Damp
Finally, Good News for Retirees and Savers by Dennis Damp
Will Government Pension Offset (GPO) Reduce Your Social Security Benefits? by Dennis Damp
A Greek Holiday – Exploring Greek Ports of Call by Nancy Holston

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Hawaiian Sea Breezes and those Mai Tai’s! by Nancy Holston
Health Care Open Season Changes and TRICARE by Dennis Damp
HearingTracker.com: An Innovative On-Line Approach to Improve Hearing Health Care by Cynthia Compton-Conley
Wireless Hearing Aid Systems – How to Connect to Everything (Almost) by Cynthia Compton-Conley
Retiree Identification Cards & Hearing is Believing by Dennis Damp
How To Manage Your Own Hearing Health Care by Cynthia Compton-Conley
How an Annuity & the TSP Are Divided in a Divorce by Ann Ozuna
How Much is Enough for Retirement? by Dennis Damp
How Much Retirement Income Will You Really Need? by Paul Risser
How to Avoid a Retirement Nightmare and Retiree Job Opportunities by Dennis Damp
How to Find Essential Retirement & Benefit Information by Dennis Damp
How to Hear Better in Movie Theaters and Other Public Areas by Cynthia Compton-Conley
How to Increase Your Annuity & Updates by Dennis Damp
How the National Debt Negatively Impacts Retirees & Updates by Dennis Damp
How to Keep What You Worked a Life Time Accumulating by Dennis Damp

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Interest Rates Rising – Saving For A rainy Day – by Dennis Damp 
Surviving on an Interim Annuity Payment by Dennis Damp
Is a Timeshare right for you? by Nancy Holston
Is America Prepared to Retire? by Paul Risser
Is it Time to Update Your Designated Beneficiary Forms? by Dennis Damp
Is This Coming Your Way? and the National Debt Crisis by Dennis Damp
It’s FEHB Open Season Time! by Herbert Casey

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2017 Leave calendar and Pay Raise, Then and Now, & Jobs Update by Dennis Damp
The 2018 Leave Chart Update and Ancestry DNA Results by Dennis Damp
2019 Leave Spreadsheet by Denns Damp
Life after Retirement – What’s at the End of Your Rainbow? by Dennis Damp
Preparing For Life & Retirement by Dennis Damp
A Life Insurance Check-Up: Understanding FEGLI Coverage – Part 1 by Linda Sherman
A Life Insurance Check-up: Evaluating Your Insurance Needs – Part 2 by Linda Sherman
Life’s Milestones – Retiree Perspective by Dennis Damp
Long Term Care Insurance – Is it worth the cost? by Dennis Damp
Looking at the Numbers – The Second Time Around by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Open Season, Long Term Care, and Lifestyle Updates by Dennis Damp 
Long Term Care – The Other Shoe Drops! by Dennis Damp
Replacing Lost or Stolen Documents by Dennis Damp
Constructive Feedback at Work and Home | LTC Update by Dennis Damp

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Making Retirement Savings Last by Paul Risser
Making Retirement Work For YOU by Dennis Damp
Maui is Calling Me – Taking a Winter Break by Nancy Holston
Medicare and FEHB Options – What Will You Do When You Turn 65? (Part 1) by Dennis Damp
What to Consider Before Enrolling in Medicare B (Part 2) by Dennis Damp
Should You Change to a Lower Cost FEHB Plan When You Sign Up For Medicare (Part 3) by Dennis Damp
2019 Medicare Part B Premiums by Dennis Damp
How to Defer Medicare Part B Enrollment by Dennis Damp
How to Defer Medicare Part B Enrollment by Dennis Damp
Medicare Part B and FEHB Update (Feedback – Part 4) by Dennis Damp
Medicare Enrollment – The Process & Options by Dennis Damp
Military Credits, Health Care, Survivor Benefits, TSP, and Updates by Dennis Damp
The Advantages of Making A Military Deposit by Linda Sherman
Military Credits Increase Retirement Pay – Buying Back Time by Dennis Damp
Changes, More Military Credits, & Retiree Jobs by Dennis Damp
Social Security Statements, Medicare Sign-Up, COLAs, & the 2015 Pay Raise by Dennis Damp

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Need a Break from the Cold? Travel Deals Abound in January! by Nancy Holston
New and Bigger Isn’t Always Better by Dennis Damp
New England in Autumn by Nancy Holston

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On The Bus to Great Health by Chuck Jumpeter
One, Two, Three – Its so Easy, Thoughts and Updates by Dennis Damp
OPM’s Retiree Online Services (Avoid These Problems) + Jobs Update by Dennis Damp )
Orlando Theme Park Resort Vacations by nancy Holston

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Pension Survivor Alert – Don’t Let This Happen to You by Paul Risser
Phased Retirements Introduction & Movies Then and Now by Dennis Damp
Phased Retirement Update – Guidelines Released by Dennis Damp
FEGLI Open Season, Phased Retirement, & Updates by Dennis Damp
Planning a Vacation for the Entire Family by Nancy Holston
Proposed Additional Withdrawal Options for TSP Participants by Dr. Donna Day
Preparing for Retirement: Are you the Ant or the Grasshopper? (Part 1) by Herbert Casey
Preparing for Retirement: Are you the Ant or the Grasshopper? (Part 2) by Herbert Casey
Preserving Your Assets (The TSP Rebalancing Act) by Dennis Damp
The End Game – Protecting Your Loved Ones by Dennis Damp
Projecting your Retirement Annuity & Survivor’s Benefit by Dennis Damp
Protecting Your Most Valuable Retirement Asset – Your Home by Dennis Damp

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FEHB Open Season Prep + Qualifying Life Events by Dennis Damp
Qualifying Life Events, Don’t Lose Your Benefits by Dennis Damp

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Ready for Retirement? by Dr. Donna day
Ready – Set – Go! FEHB Open Season by Dennis Damp
Reassessing Retirement Assumptions by Paul Risser
Replacing Lost or Stolen Documents by Dennis Damp
Retiree Identification Cards & Hearing is Believing by Dennis Damp
Retirement Processing Delays – Don’t Let This Happen to You
Retirement Questions Answered plus Clarifications by Dennis Damp
Retire Mortgage FREE, Contact List, Caution – Use or Lose Date Issue, and UPDATES! by Dennis Damp
Retiree Reflections Autumn 2016 by Dennis Damp
Retiree Reflections & Jobs Update by Dennis Damp
Retiree Reflections – My 50th Reunion, An All Too Common Story by Dennis damp
Retiree Reflections – the Way it Was Then and Why by Dennis Damp
Retirees Under Attack for Doing the Right Thing – AGAIN! by Dennis Damp
Retirement and the Technological Divide by Dennis Damp
Retirement Application & Benefit Forms – Don’t Make This Mistake! by Dennis Damp
Retirement Benefits Update by Dennis Damp
Retirement Challenges & Planning Assistance by Dennis Damp
Retirement Date Considerations, Timeline & TSP Update by Dennis Damp
Retirement Essentials – Do You Have What it Takes! by Dennis Damp
Retirement Moves – Take These Steps Now! by Dennis Damp
Retirement Precautions, TSP Changes, Updates, and Retiree Jobs by Dennis Damp
Retirement Seen Through Your Eyes by Paul Risser
Connect to OPM Retirement Services Online by Herbert Casey
Returning to Work After retiring by Dennis Damp
RMD Precautions and Options by Paul Risser
Roth TSP Contributions…Are They Right For You? by Dennis Damp
The Roth TSP Option by Paul Risser
A Roth IRA’s Many Benefits by Paul Risser

 

 

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Saving Grace, Fear of the Unknown, and Keys to a Long Life by Dennis Damp
Second Careers in Retirement – The Possibilities by Dennis Damp
Second Stop – Back to Basics by Chuck Jumpeter
Selecting Your Retirement Date by Dennis Damp
Six Years and Counting, Social Security Supplements, TSP penalties, & More by Dennis Damp
Size Matters, Especially in Retirement by Dennis Damp
Smart Retirement Decisions, FEHB Discussion, & Updates by Dennis Damp
When Will You Sign Up For Social Security? by Dennis Damp
Social Security – When Should I Apply and Replacing a Lost Card by Dennis Damp
Social Security and Leave Record Updates by Dennis Damp
Collecting Social Security While Still Working and CSRS Offset Concerns by Dennis Damp
Social Security Changes, Retiree Job Options, & Updates by Dennis Damp
Social Security Statements, Medicare Sign-Up, COLAs, & the 2015 Pay Raise by Dennis Damp
Social Security Update, Medicare Concerns, & Retiree Jobs by Dennis Damp
Is the Stock Market Keeping You Up at Night? by Dennis Damp
Stock Market Turmoil – What’s Next by Dennis Damp
Stop #3 – An Ounce of Prevention… by Chuck Jumpeter
Stop #4 – Everything’s Replaceable, or Is It? by Chuck Jumpeter
Strategies for Increasing Your Retirement Annuity and Income by Dennis Damp
Survivor Annuity, Retire Happy, Save a Life – Maybe Your Own, & UPDATES by Dennis Damp
Surviving on an Interim Annuity Payment by Dennis Damp
Survivor’s Beware – The TSP Trap by Dennis Damp

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side by Nancy Holston
The Advantages of Making A Military Deposit by Linda Sherman
The Best Day to Retire by Linda Sherman
The Major Retirement Planning Mistakes by Paul Riser
The Retirement Reality Check by Paul Risser
The Simplest Things in Life and Making the Right Decisions by Dennis Damp
Then and Now Plus CD Rates on the Rise by Dennis Damp
Tighten Up! A Flash From the Past, Retirement Cost Analysis, & Updates by Dennis Damp
Tips for Traveling Abroad by Nancy Holston
A Transatlantic Cruise by Nancy Holston
Travel Insurance, Peace of Mind when you’re Away From Home by Nancy Holston
Travel Safety Tips – Sea, Air or Land, Be Aware by Nancy Holston
Treasury Direct Logon Help plus FEHB & Jobs Updates by Dennis Damp
Health Care Open Season Changes and TRICARE by Dennis Damp
TSP Basics by Paul Risser
Avoiding the TSP 10% Penalty and How to Collect a Deferred Annuity by Dennis Damp
TSP Investment Timing and The Retiree’s Dilemma by Dennis Damp
TSP Investor Alert and the Equifax Data Breach by Dennis Damp
TSP Life Annuities – What You Should Know by Herbert Casey
TSP PANIC! The Sky is Falling… or Not. by Dennis Damp
Proposed Additional Withdrawal Options for TSP Participants by Dr. Donna Day
The TSP Advantage (Should I Stay or Go) by Dennis Damp
TSP Conversions, I Bonds Revisited & Updates by Dennis Damp
TSP to ROTH – Is a ROTH in YOUR Future? by Linda Sherman
TSPRisk Versus Reward (TSP Performance Beats market in 2015) by Dennis Damp
TSP ROTH Conversions, Benefits, & Limitations by Dennis Damp
TSP Roth Conversion Update by Dennis Damp
TSP – Safeguarding Your Heirs Inheritance – Inherited IRAs (Part 2) by Dennis Damp
TSP Survivor Withdrawal Options – Update by Dennis Damp
TSP Withdrawal Options by Linda Sherman

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Understanding FDIC Insurance Limits by David Scholl

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Vacation Plans and Rising Gas Prices by Nancy Holston
Venice in the Fall, an Enchanting City by Nancy Holston
Veterans… Sign Up NOW to Shop at Military Exchanges! by Dennis Damp
Veteran’s Identification Card – New and Expanded Veteran Benefits by Dennis Damp
Visit Saint Augustine to Celebrate Their 450th Birthday by Nancy Holston
Is a Voluntary Early Retirement (VERA) in Your Future?

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Ways to Put A Refund to Work – What could that money do for you? by Paul Risser
WEP, the 1940 Census, and Higher Yields by Dennis Damp
What Beneficiaries Need to Know and what do You do When an Account Owner Passes by Paul Risser
What Will You Do in Retirement? by Dennis Damp
What Your Survivors Should Know about your Federal Benefits by Herbert Casey
When CDs Come Due Earn Higher Yields by Dennis Damp
Where Are You Now! Looking At The Numbers…. by Dennis Damp
Where You Were When! The Beginning of A Retirement Journey by Dennis Damp
Why Financial Planning? by Paul Risser
Wireless Hearing Aid Systems – How to Connect to Everything (Almost) by Cynthia Compton-Conley

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You Can’t Hide In Fixed Income by Paul Riser
Your Annual Financial To-Do List by Paul Risser

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