Autumn brings foliage, harvest festivals, a new football season, the world series, Halloween, and pumpkin spice. For those with children, the summer’s transition into fall harkens a new school year, as well. Depending on the age of the child or what grade they’re entering, this can be an exciting season, especially for the youngsters jumping into Preschool or Kindergarten. It can also be thrilling for college freshmen leaving their parents’ nest for the first time. For other kids, returning to school is not always exactly a cause for celebration, but parents may feel otherwise.
Federal Employees, regardless of their parental status, can also partake in the back-to-school experience. While the majority of the Federal workforce probably considers their scholastic endeavors finished, chances are that their knowledge of their own employment benefits is somewhat lacking. Training sessions and seminars focused on teaching feds about their benefits are opportunities for them to get back in the classroom and closer to reaching financial goals, such as retirement.
The benefits offered to Federal workers are considered to be some of the best in the country, but this gets relatively offset by the compensation package’s ability to perplex even the most analytical minds. Even those who are inundated with Government lingo and code tend to get tripped up when combing a FERS or CSRS handbook. On top of complicated calculations involved with the federal pensions, there are other factors to consider regarding the health benefits (FEHB), group life insurance (FEGLI), and savings plan (TSP)- all of which are complex federal programs in their own right, in addition to Social Security and Medicare, too.
You can register here for Serving Those Who Serve’s Federal Benefits Education Seminars and regain some back-to-school spirit with Ed Zurndorfer as your trusty professor.
Until Next Time,
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Federal Benefits 101 – Federal Retirement Seminar