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Your Future

Do You Know the Best Time to Retire?

Federal retirees, you are the voice of experience about the federal workplace and retirement.

Throughout your federal career, NTEU’s tireless efforts helped maintain federal retirement as a solid option.

Now, teamed with NTEU, your voice can help shield federal retirement programs from attacks by some in Congress.



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Medicare Information

Phased Retirement Q&A

OPM Retiree page

OPM Insurance Programs Information on health, dental, life, FSAs, long term care

OPM Retirement Calculator Estimates annuity and Thrift Savings Plan benefits to help you identify approximately how much to save for retirement.

Thrift Savings Plan Calculators Get answers to questions like "How much can I contribute?" and "How much should I save?"

Social Security Benefits Calculator Provides an estimate of retirement benefits and lets you create additional "what if" retirement scenarios based on current law.

Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (Download booklets and handbooks and access a calculator that determines the value of various options for FEGLI coverage.)

Why should you be a NTEU retiree member?
Find out from President Kelley and retirees who are NTEU members.

If you’re thinking about retiring from your federal job, one of the questions you face is a familiar one to generations of federal employees: what is the best date to retire?

In truth, because of differing circumstances among employees, no one can say with certainty. But a lot of federal workers choose a date at or near the end of the year.

From a financial viewpoint, that makes sense — especially if your goal is to maximize the lump-sum payment of your useor-lose annual leave at retirement. Plus, the actual payment for your unused annual leave is likely to be made in the new year, when you could well be in a lower tax bracket.

That’s one way to choose the ‘best’ date for you. There are other considerations, however, especially since the leave year ends at different dates each year. That brings into play different rules for those under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). More

Inside the Issues

Read these stories from the members-only NTEU Bulletin for retirement advice, information and news:

At 65, Medicare Questions Arise

Technology to the Rescue

Retirement Planning—Steps Toward a Smooth Send Off

Phased Retirement: Is This An Option For You?

Retirement Processing Slows

How Much Could You Lose? Chained CPI Proposal

A To-Do List for Recent Federal Retirees (Continued)

Your Future: A To-Do List for Recent Federal Retirees

COLA Set For Retirees

Are You Considering Retirement? Already Retired?

OPM's Phased Retirement Q&A

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) information

Life Insurance and Retirement


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