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As many of us do this time of year, I'm cleaning house. I thought that a good thing to do in my first column of 2008 would be to organize the past two years of Retirement Planning columns in a useful way. After reviewing the questions that readers post each week in the comments section, I know that many answers can be found in a previous column.Pick an old favorite or a topic that you wish to learn more about from the list below and -- as my mother used to say at the end of one of her favorite recipes -- "Enjoy!"Best Date to Retire Deciding to Retire Things to Do to Get Ready Sick Leave/Annual Leave Service Credit Issues Survivor Benefits Law Enforcement and Special Groups Eligibility and Computation of CSRS and FERS Other CSRS and FERS Retirement Issues Post-Retirement Health Insurance Medicare Life Insurance Long-Term Care Social Security Thrift Savings Plan Cost of Living Adjustments Pension Protection Act and Taxes What would you like to learn about in 2008? If there is a topic related to retirement planning that you want me to write about (or write more about, or write about in a different way), let me know in the comments section -- I'm all ears.

Tammy Flanagan has spent 30 years helping federal employees take charge of their retirement by understanding their benefits. She runs her own consulting business at and provides individual counseling as well as online training for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Plan Your Federal Retirement as well as the Federal Long Term Care insurance Program. She also serves as the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning Inc., which conducts federal retirement planning workshops and seminars.

For more retirement planning help, tune in to "For Your Benefit," presented by the National Institute of Transition Planning Inc. live on Federal News Radio on Mondays at 10 a.m. ET on WFED AM 1500 in the Washington-metro area. Archived shows are available on

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