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This site provides a voice for federal employees and federal retirees who wish to share their knowledge with others. Our guest writers have many years of government service in a broad spectrum of fields and interests and can help explain complex issues for our site visitors.

Our writers and forums are devoted to guiding you through the federal retirement maze and includes information on all aspects of retirement including benefits, lifestyle, retiree employment opportunities, general retirement issues, and estate planning techniques. There is considerably more to retirement than meets the eye and this site and our expert forums will help you focus on the critical issues that we all must address at this time in our lives.

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Kevin Moss

Director of Marketing and Fundraising for the Center for the Study of Services and Consumers’ Checkbook.

K Moss Kevin has more than 20 years of experience developing products and services that solve consumer purchasing issues. His work at the nonprofit Center for the Study of Services focuses on increasing price transparency on large purchases, such as major appliances and new cars, and publishing unbiased ratings on healthcare providers and contractors in the seven metropolitan areas served by Consumers’ Checkbook. Each FEHB Open Season, he counsels hundreds of federal employees on finding the best health plan and helps produce Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans, which has for more than 42 years been a crucial resource for federal employees and retirees.  Moss has a B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming and a M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

K Shawn McCoy

President & Director of National Development for Federal Employee benefits Advocates, LLC

Shawn McCoyShawn is an experienced seminar speaker and trainer who travels throughout the United States conducting workshops for federal employees of all agencies to help them take advantage of the retirement, life, health, and other benefits provided to them by the U.S. Government. Over the last 10 years he has spoken to over 19,000 Federal Employees. Shawn also works closely with local financial advisors to provide additional resources and comprehensive training for those who want to enhance their knowledge of the Federal benefits programs.

Mr. McCoy began his career in the financial services industry over 28 years ago in Carrolton, Texas working with Federal employees with MetLife. Over the years he has held many positions in the financial services industry including Management Roles, Group Sales, Compliance, and Wholesaler. During that time, Shawn developed and presented public seminars on various financial and investment topics. He also spoke to thousands of representatives and organizations about insurance and investments.

Mr. McCoy is a former licensed Life, Health and Accident agent in the state of Colorado. In addition, he is also a former registered representative holding a Series 7 and 63, a registered principal with a Series 24 and an Investment Advisor representative with a Series 65. He currently resides in Parker with his daughters, Murphy and Bailey.

Dr. Donna Day

Dr. Donna DayDr. Donna Day is a Manager at the Department of Defense, where she has been for more than 30 years. With a background in Information Assurance, Customer Engagement and Marketing, more recently she has been studying Cyber security Policy and Management at the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). She earned her Doctor of Management, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science Degree in Technology Management at UMUC and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Day is also an Adjunct Professor at Norwich University in Vermont, where she teaches Cyber security, Critical Infrastructure and Information Assurance courses to a myriad of students, worldwide, from across the intelligence community. A published author, Baltimore Ravens fan, and life-long learner, she enjoys writing, traveling, cooking, and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.

Herbert B. Casey , M.S., SPHR    

Herb CaseyHerbert (Herb) Casey is a human resource (HR) professional with over 35 years experience in the public sector.  He served in HR managerial positions for various federal agencies, domestically and abroad.   He retired in November, 2013 from the Department of State. 

 Mr. Casey has a B.B.A degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Memphis and a M. S. in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland.   He has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).   Mr. Casey instructs various graduate level human resources courses at Catholic University of America’s Metropolitan College.  In addition, he teaches the SHRM Learning System which prepares HR professionals for the PHR/SPHR exam. Mr. Casey is a certified mediator for workplace conflict and is certified to administer the Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment tool.  He has co-authored an article on the use of technical guides as training tools and spoken at the national conference of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).

David Scholl

David SchollDavid Scholl recently retired with 35 years of Federal legal and human resources experience from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  While at OPM, Scholl served as a Deputy Assistant General Counsel where he was the principal agency labor-management relations legal advisor and handled a variety of Federal staffing issues.  At the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Scholl held positions as an Assistant Director of Personnel for Labor and Employment Relations and as a Senior Counsel in the Legal Division, where he conducted labor and employment law mediation, negotiation and litigation.  Scholl began his Federal career with the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Scholl received his law degree from The Catholic University of America and undergraduate degree from Lehigh University.  


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