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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.

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 NITPInc.com.

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Feeling Special: Q&A

August 17, 2007 In last week's column, I invited you to submit questions on special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers, firefighters and air traffic controllers. Here are some of your submissions, along with my responses. Computation of the Basic Retirement Benefit Q: I worked as a regular federal employee for 13 years ...

Feeling Special

August 10, 2007 Most federal employees fall under either the Civil Service Retirement System or the newer Federal Employees Retirement System. But within these systems there are special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers, firefighters and air traffic controllers. For these employees, the rules to qualify for retirement are different, as are the ...

Retirement Dates: Q&A

August 3, 2007 Over the past two weeks, we've looked at factors to consider in choosing exactly when to retire, and the best dates to retire in 2008. During that time, several of you have written in with questions and comments about setting a date. Here are some of them, with my responses. ...

Best Dates to Retire 2008

July 27, 2007 In last week's column, we looked at some of the factors to think about in considering the best date to retire. This week, we'll get down to the specifics, examining the best dates to retire on next year's calendar. Here we go… January 2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 ...

When to Retire

July 20, 2007 Here are some things that might motivate you to retire: You've worked long enough to accumulate enough retirement income that you can live comfortably. You need or want a second career. And it might even be with your same agency. Some have special provisions in place to rehire retirees. You ...

The TSP’s Future -- and Yours

July 13, 2007 Recently on Federal News Radio's weekly program, For Your Benefit, I had the opportunity to talk with Gregory T. Long, who has been executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board since March. Along with Bob Leins, CPA at the National Institute of Transition Planning, I asked Long about ...

Eligibility: Facts and Myths

July 6, 2007 I remember years ago when I met longtime federal workforce observer Mike Causey, who now toils at Federal News Radio in Washington, he told me about meeting federal employees who would introduce themselves by saying, "Hi, I'm Andy and I have two years, nine months and 15 days left until ...

Deferred vs. Postponed

June 29, 2007 Based on the response I received to last week's column, there appears to be a need for clarification about the difference between deferred and postponed retirement. I have written on this before, in my column Leaving Early (May 19, 2006). After reading that over again, I thought I might add ...

The Retirement Process

June 22, 2007 If you are planning to join what Office of Personnel Management Director Linda M. Springer calls the federal "retirement tsunami" this year, then you may have some questions about the actual process involved, such as, "When should I turn in my application?" and "When will my checks start arriving?" From ...

Retiring Women

June 15, 2007 Recently, MetLife published a study called "It's Not Your Mother's Retirement," which concluded that young women are almost twice as likely as their mothers to carry $25,000 or more in consumer debt, and some have resigned themselves to never retiring. When it comes to retirement planning and security, our experiences ...