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Are You Ready to Retire? A Self-Assessment

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An ever-increasing number of government employees are eligible to retire, and with Congress considering changes to federal retirement benefits, many are contemplating their next move. But even if you’re not in this group, it pays to be prepared for your long-term future.

In fact, regardless of where you are in your career, it’s in your interest to be well-informed and to develop a long-term plan for your financial future.

With that in mind, three years ago, we developed a Retirement Readiness Assessment to help federal employees determine where they stand. It contains a series of questions covering everything from Thrift Savings Plan accounts to health insurance decisions. This week, we’re re-launching the assessment.

Based on your responses to the questions, you’ll get a report on your status:  Retirement Ready, On Your Way, Beyond the Beginning, or Just Getting Started. You’ll also get a few tips on next steps in the planning process.

Are you ready? Click here to take the Retirement Readiness Assessment

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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 and 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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