Retirement Planning

When the Sum in a Lump Sum Payment Falls Short

Some employees who retired at the end of last year got smaller payments than expected.

When to Leave to Maximize Your Lump Sum Annual Leave Payment

The best dates to retire in the coming years to get the most out of what you’re owed for unused time off.

How You Can Get Better Customer Service

Tips on getting the result you’re looking for when you reach out for help.

These Agencies Are Trying To Get Better at Providing Retirement Services

Three key organizations are working to improve the customer experience of federal employees and retirees.

The Numbers That Matter in 2022

Key figures that might affect your retirement planning this year. 

4 Women Who Shaped Modern Retirement

Stories of pioneers in creating the federal government’s retirement safety net, and reaping its benefits.

What to Consider When Considering Disability Insurance

Look before you leap into buying a short- or long-term policy.

The Wrong Retirement Choice Can Cost You Big Money

Make sure you have all the information you need before you make a decision that could make a significant difference in your income.

Your Retirement Responsibility

There are certain critical questions only you can answer.

These Are Not Dumb Questions

There’s no such thing when it comes to the federal retirement system.

The TV Commercials Made Me Do It

For federal retirees, Medicare enrollment decisions are more complicated than the ads make it seem.

‘When Will I Get My Money?’ and Other New Year Questions

Answers to reader queries about lump-sum payments, benefits and more.