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Lifestyle / HR / Employment Forum - Hosted by Dennis V. Damp

Preparation is the key to a successful retirement and this site and forum is devoted to guiding you through the federal retirement maze and includes information on retirement lifestyle, retiree employment opportunities, benefits, general retirement issues, and estate planning techniques. It was designed to help you think about the entire picture and not just your annuity and when you can leave. There is considerably more to retirement than meets the eye and this site and our expert forum hosts will help you focus on the critical issues that we all must address at this time in our lives.

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Dennis V. Damp, the lifestyle forum host, is the author of 26 books including the 11th edition of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs and Take Charge of Your Federal Career; an action oriented career management workbook for federal employees. He retired in 2005 at age 55 with 35 years of federal government service. He can attest at first hand to how rewarding civil service employment can be and was in his case. Dennis has been a guest on hundreds of radio talk shows, CNN TV's Your Money shows, and he has written hundreds of articles for national magazines, newspapers, and web sites. His books have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs was selected Best Career Title by the Benjamin Franklin Awards committee in 2012 and was nominated for the Career and Reference Book of the Year Award by Foreword Magazine.


His government career began when he joined the Air Force in 1968 shortly after receiving his draft notice. Dennis served three years on active duty and an additional seven years with the Air National Guard. He was hired by the Department of Defense (DOD) to maintain aircraft avionics systems after leaving the service and eventually landed an electronics technician position with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1975. He spent the remainder of his career in various positions with the FAA.

During his time with the FAA, Dennis worked as an electronics system specialist, on staff in various positions including training instructor, project engineer, computer based instruction (CBI) administrator, training program manager and program support manager. The last 20 years included numerous supervisory and management positions where he was responsible for recruiting, rating and interviewing applicants, outreach, and hiring for his organization. His last position was technical operations manager at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport’s air traffic control tower. Dennis based this site on his 35 + years of government service.


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While the publisher and author have used their best efforts in providing retirement and benefits information, they make no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the content of this forum and Website, replies to site visitor questions, or prepared articles, and they specifically disclaim any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The advice and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for your situation. You should consult with a financial or human resource professional where appropriate. The publisher and author are not privy to an individual's Official Personnel File (OPF), federal employees and retirees should contact the HR department that maintains their OPF to insure all aspects of their personal situation is covered. Neither the publisher or author shall be liable for any loss or any other commercial damages, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages.

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