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Tammy Flanagan

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 www.tammyflanagan.com and provides individual counseling as well as online training for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Plan Your Federal Retirement as well as 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 NITPInc.com.

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Leave: Take It Or Lump It?

March 27, 2009 I received an e-mail the other day about a common situation facing those about to retire: I plan to retire under the Civil Service Retirement System this year. My plan was to take my annual leave (at least my 240 hours that I carried over from last year), extending my...

Disability Decisions

March 20, 2009 Most federal employees understand the benefits associated with their health and life insurance. But as one Retirement Planning reader asks, do feds also need disability coverage? According to the Social Security Administration, three in 10 workers entering the labor market will become disabled before retiring. While federal employees receive some...

Spousal Provision

March 13, 2009 In a recent column, I took on the subject of federal spousal survivor benefits. That prompted more questions from readers about the value of survivor benefits vs. life insurance -- including this one, which I thought I'd address this week: Has anyone looked into using a universal life insurance policy...

Freefalling FERS?

March 6, 2009 Last week's column struck several nerves, judging from the comments I received from readers. I wanted to take some time this week to address one issue: the value of a retirement package under the Federal Employees Retirement System in the current economic environment. Here's what one commenter said: FERS is...

What You Don’t Know

February 27, 2009 One thing I can say about conducting retirement planning seminars is that I have both job security and a lot of job satisfaction. I think my job will be safe as long as retirement processing is not fully automated, because the current manual system leaves plenty of room for discrepancies...

Questions and Answers

February 20, 2009 How about a little Q&A this week? I am always impressed by the number and variety questions I receive. Retirement is obviously on the minds of many people in government right now. But before I get to your questions and comments, I need to clarify something from my recent column...

Deposit Directions

February 13, 2009 As I've noted before, service credit deposits -- payments that employees make into the federal retirement fund in order to receive credit later on for past service -- are often a subject that leads to unpleasant surprises for federal employees. It's often in an employee's interest to pay such a...

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

February 6, 2009 At a seminar this week, an employee told me that she was doing some research on Medicare for herself and came across the information regarding late enrollment. She called a former co-worker, but it was too late. Her friend had retired more than a year ago and had not enrolled...

The Check Isn’t in the Mail

January 30, 2009 Since we're in the early part of the year, many people have recently retired and are waiting for their final lump sum annual leave payments and first retirement checks from the Office of Personnel Management. (By the way, these payments will most likely be direct deposits, so if you're one...

It Pays to Know

January 23, 2009 In these tough economic times, wouldn't it be nice to have some "found" money? In my weekly seminars, I try to teach people things that will boost their current income, or provide more retirement income later. Isn't that why you read this column, too? This week, I'll provide some examples...

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