Retirement Benefits

OPM slices record retirement processing time in February

The overall retirement backlog ticked back under 20,000 last month, amid the federal government’s HR agency’s busy season.

Will your future income rocket your Medicare premiums?

As a federal employee with FEHB, should you also take Medicare Part B at age 65? Here are a few things to consider before making the decision.

Most TSP funds gained ground in February

Only one of the portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program ended last month in the red.

OPM faces its first test of recent retirement processing tweaks

The number of new retirement claims received by the federal government’s HR agency doubled in January, marking the start of the annual busy season.

Crafting your perfect retirement exit strategy

These pre-retirement tasks can help ensure a smooth transition.

TSP and Required Minimum Distributions

Rules around these mandatory withdrawals changed under the Secure 2.0 Act.

Tips for recent retirees

There may be a few bumps along the way, but don’t panic.

Federal retirement savings plan opens 2024 with a mixed bag

Only two of the five core funds within the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan posted gains last month.

Postal union leader: Stop the misallocation of Civil Service Retirement System pension costs

COMMENTARY | "The failure to uphold the promise to fix the unfair pension allocation is hurting the Postal Service’s ability to recover from the pandemic," writes the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Doublecheck your TSP beneficiary designations

The federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement plan changed some rules around contingent beneficiaries in 2022.

OPM reduces the retirement backlog by one-third in 2023

The federal government’s HR agency’s work on improving the retirement application process for federal workers led to the agency shattering yet another longstanding record last month.

New year, new benefit changes

Some 2024 changes that may benefit federal employees and retirees.

Planning a career change in 2024?

If a new career outside of the federal workforce is on your list of resolutions, here are a few things you need to know about your benefits.

TSP portfolios end 2023 on a high note

Each of the funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program finished December in the black.

End of the year retirement: Now what?

As OPM readies for its influx of new retirement applications, here are some insights on the early ins and outs of the retirement process.

MSPB finally rules on OPM apportioning the Retiree Annuity Supplement

Starting in 2016, an OPM rule change allowed the divorced spouses of federal retirees to claim a portion of their annuity supplement. Now, after having a quorum for the first time in five years, the MSPB has stepped in to address the rule.

OPM retirement backlog hits six-year low for third time this year

The number of pending federal employee retirement claims fell under 16,000 for the second time since 2017 in November.