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Tammy Flanagan

Tammy Flanagan is the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning Inc., which conducts federal retirement planning workshops and seminars. She has spent 25 years helping federal employees take charge of their retirement by understanding their benefits.

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Best Dates to Retire, Revisited

June 3, 2011 Three weeks ago, I published my annual Best Dates to Retire column, covering 2012. It features a downloadable calendar highlighting the best dates each month, depending on your retirement system. Not surprisingly, readers had some questions about when they should plan to retire, based on their individual situations. This week,...

Waiting Game

May 27, 2011 A friend of mine, Scott, had a long career in the military, and then followed it up with a second career that he pursued until he was eligible for unreduced Social Security benefits at age 66. During the latter phase, he also received his military retirement check. He didn't need...

Ready . . . or Not?

May 20, 2011 I heard someone say recently that the reason people spend less money in retirement is because they have less money to spend. It may seem tempting to plan to retire at age 55 or 60. That way, you can have a life after retirement that could last as many years...

Best Dates to Retire 2012

May 13, 2011 How long will the pay freeze last? Will your retirement be computed on your highest three years of salary, or five? Will we see a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees in the near future? Will the formula change for computing the government's contribution to the Federal Employees Health Benefits program? So...

Retirement Checkup

April 29, 2011 This week, I took my car in for its 35,000 mile checkup, which included an oil change, tire rotation and safety check. While waiting for the service to be completed, I realized that taking care of my vehicle so it will last for many years is a lot like preparing...

Fast Facts on Long Term Care

April 15, 2011 You might not have noticed the beginning of the second-ever Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program open season due to all the shutdown and furlough hype last week. But the open season did begin on April 4, and will run through June 24. This is an opportunity for current employees, along...

Pocket Change

April 8, 2011 Usually by this time of the year, I've written about the effects of annual changes in interest rates, Social Security figures and Thrift Savings Plan limits. For 2011, not much has changed, so I've been a little lazy about putting out the new numbers. Still, it's worth taking a look...

Cutting Benefits: Readers Bite Back

April 1, 2011 Last week, I wrote that I'd never seen so many proposals floating around that would affect the retirement security of employees in the 30 years I've been in the federal benefits world. Not surprisingly, readers had their opinions on plans to cut back benefits, and those views were not positive....

Are Cuts Coming?

March 25, 2011 Lately, it seems everybody has an idea for cutting federal retirement benefits in the name of balancing the budget. The Congressional Budget Office has weighed in following an earlier set of proposals from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Last week, a group of Republican senators got in...

For Richer or Poorer: Final Words

March 18, 2011 Evaluations and critiques are very useful tools to those of us who present information. I always appreciate constructive comments so I know where I've hit the mark and where I've fallen short in my presentation. (In that spirit, thanks for the math error correction last week!) For the past two...