Getting a head start on the retirement process

Tuesday - 9/10/2013, 12:11am EDT

For Your Benefit

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Tammy Flanagan talks about picking a retirement date

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September 9, 2013 -- This week on For Your Benefit join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, as they examine what a federal employee needs to do when retirement is within the next six months.

Topics include:

  • What should I do when I am six months from my planned retirement date?
  • How soon should I submit the retirement application?
  • What are the most important things to know about the CSRS or FERS retirement?
  • How long will it take to complete my retirement processing?
  • How do I choose the exact retirement date? Is there a best date? (Hint: It may be Jan. 3, 2014 for CSRS employees and Jan. 11, 2014 for FERS workers. However, as Flanagan says, "it's not all about your taxes or your benefits or your finances." She explains, "I could think of good reasons every month for someone to retire.")