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September 22, 2019

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USPS job bidding is an important part of the job.

USPS LiteBlue Basic Overview

USPS Job Bidding The whole bidding process of USPS job bidding on LiteBlue is fully automated. For you to be able to access and submit a bid on a posted assignment, you require your employee ID and PIN. Applications must...
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Postal workers’ Pension Plan

Postal Workers’ Pension Plan The U.S Government has special retirement policies or plans that cover all full-time federal workers at retirement. The type of plan and amount to be received depends basically on the position held by the individual while...
Best Dates to Retire

Best Dates to Retire for CSRS and FERS Employees 2017, and 2018

Before we begin our discussion, let’s try to understand some important rules and issues concerning FERS, CSRS, and CSRS Offset employees. To start, let’s make the confusion regarding “Trans” FERS employees. “Trans” FERS employees are who have served at least...
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Changing Your LiteBlue / PostalEase Password

By now, you will almost certainly have received your new LiteBlue / PostalEase password.
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Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Withdrawal Options

The rules for your Thrift Savings Plan are pretty straightforward while you are working, but they become increasingly more complex as you enter retirement and attempt to access the money that you have saved in your TSP.gov account.
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How To Bid Assignments / Routes on USPS LiteBlue

The process is, now, entirely automated, from the creation of the route posting to the award (by seniority) and then ultimately to the necessary personnel actions.
W-2 Forms: Request More Using LiteBlue

W-2 Forms: Request More Using LiteBlue

How to Request Duplicate W-2 Forms Through LiteBlue and from the USPS Employee Division. Postal Employees have a few different options when attempting to obtain a duplicate W-2 form. LiteBlue online, over the phone (through PostalEASE) or through the mail, is...
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eRetire for Postal Employees – Retirement Applications on LiteBlue

eRetire for Postal Employees  — Retirement Applications on LiteBlue eRetire: The self-serve LiteBlue.usps.gov website application which gives employees access to their retirement plan through the LiteBlue (www.liteblue.usps.gov) web-site. The employees with Access to eRetire are (Retirement Specifications); Postal Employees within...
LiteBlue / PostalEASE

LiteBlue / PostalEASE

If you are a Postal Employee will need your Employee ID Number and your USPS Personal Identification Number (PIN) to Access PostalEASE (the telephone version of LiteBlue) You can call PostalEASE at 1-877-4PS-EASE (1-877-477-3273) PostalEase is the U.S. Postal Service’s...

USPS LiteBlue: Access to More Than Just Your Earnings Statement

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is another www.LiteBlue.usps.gov feature available to you through LiteBlue ‘MY HR.’
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LiteBlue: How To Use USPS LiteBlue

To use LiteBlue and view your information, visit the website (LiteBlue.usps.gov). You will find the site by clicking HERE or searching for LiteBlue.usps.gov on the internet. The site is maintained by the USPS as part of the United States Postal...
LiteBlue: What Postal employees should do on LiteBlue Before Retirement

LiteBlue: What Postal employees should do on LiteBlue Before Retirement

The information that is currently available to you on LiteBlue will be gone after your separation. Once you leave service LiteBlue will no longer be available to you, so be sure to download the following list from LiteBlue so you...
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LiteBlue: Everything You Need To Know (liteblue.usps.gov)

LiteBlue helps Postal employees stay informed and in touch with their careers.
OPM Pay Scale

OPM Pay Scale

OPM has issued the new 2015 General Schedule (GS) and Locality Pay tables. The links below will take you to the OPM page with the new OPM pay scale.
TSP.gov Login & other TSP Information

TSP.gov Login & other TSP Information

What you can do when you access your TSP Account through TSP.gov
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FEGLI

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program is a group life insurance program administered by the federal Office of Personnel Management.
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FERS Social Security Special Retirement Supplement

FERS Social Security Special Retirement Supplement A full career employee under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) with 30 or more years of service can retire at their minimum retirement age (MRA), which is between the ages of 55 and...
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FERS Refund of Retirement Contributions

Refund of FERS Employee Retirement Contributions When an employee covered by FERS leaves federal service, he or she may be entitled to receive a refund of their contributions to FERs. This article discusses issues related to such a refund. In...
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Americans with a DC Plan more Optimistic about Retirement Savings

A new survey has revealed that the Americans who have a DC plan are more optimistic about their retirement savings. The satisfaction was mapped against the data collected in 2012. People were also more optimistic about not having to work...
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How to Keep Federal Employees Engaged During Periods of Uncertainty?

This article sheds light on how leaders in agencies can keep the federal employees engaged during periods of uncertainty by revealing the core needs.
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Linda Jensen | How to Pay Less Taxes on Your Federal Retirement Income

If you want to pay less tax on your federal retirement income, you should read this article offering tips on saving tax and avoiding penalties.

The Blended Retirement System

More than 1.5 million individuals are qualified to decide their future military retirement benefit. The new law which has
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Linda Jensen | How to make the most out of your TSP Plan

LINDA JENSEN – The Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP, is a retirement fund plan for the Federal employees. Individuals from uniformed services such as the Ready Reserve can also avail this plan. The Thrift savings plan was created in the...

What Happens to your Debt when you Die?

  Upon an individual’s death, they leave substantial amounts of debt. Sometimes, your debt obligation may end upon your death. Beware though that if you didn’t plan accordingly, creditors may wipe out your accumulated investments, assets, or savings. As a...

Top 9 Tips for Planning Your Retirement

Between 2006 and 2016, there was a 33% rise in Americans aged over 65 to 49.2 million. What’s more, it is expected that by 2060 this figure will double. For this reason, it is imperative that you prepare accordingly as...

Americans at Risk of Bankruptcy during Retirement

Typically, bankruptcy is a considerable risk for retirees though recent saving trends portend a rosy picture. Data indicates that the number of retirees with less than $10,000 is declining. It fell from 55% to 42%according to a GoBankingRates survey. Besides,...

Majority of Americans Ill-Prepared for Financial Disaster

In the event of an emergency, 40% of Americans will need to sell something off or take out a loan to raise $400. A 2017 survey of 12,000 people by the Federal Reserve indicates that retirement is far from rosy for...

Dealing With Debt For A Happy Retirement

If you find yourself still struggling with loans and credit card payments now that you’re approaching retirement, you’re not alone.  With an average debt of nearly $40,000 in older households, America is still adapting to changes in life expectancy and the...

Don’t Just Rely On Social Security To Help You During Retirement

Anybody who wants to live comfortably during retirement – that doesn’t involve working part-time – should not rely on just Social Security income. This advice comes directly from the Social Security Administration. According to the SSA, only a minute amount...

An Uncertain Path To Retirement

Planning for your retirement is a daunting task for most of us, even for federal employees. Various interrelated factors may complicate this process. Nowadays, conventional retirement plans either have disappeared, or existing ones (like FERS) are becoming less adequate. On...

Top 5 Retirement Questions

Ideally, it is important that you create a written statement of your retirement plan. Your retirement plan should be simple rather than complex or verbose. According to surveys, having a written plan contributes to feelings of satisfaction in the long...
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Safeguard Your Retirement with the Right Investments

Typically, investors receive the same admonishment any time markets perform poorly: don’t abandon ship! You should take this advice with a pinch of salt. Properly, investing your resources depends on your age and financial goals.   In the light of...

Maximizing the Sweet Spot Years of Your Retirement

  As you approach your retirement, it is high time you address your tax obligations. Retirement’s sweet spot is the period between formal retirement and when you begin accessing RMDs from your 401(k) plan or your individual retirement plan. Typically,...

Top 4 Tips For Evaluating Life Insurance

Life insurance replaces your income in case of an early demise. It provides protection to a spouse, children, or other dependents. Often it is challenging determining how much life insurance is sufficient for your unique needs. Here are four tips...

Maximizing the Sweet Spot Years of Your Retirement

As you approach your retirement, it is high time you address your tax obligations. Retirement’s sweet spot is the period between formal retirement and when you begin accessing RMDs from your 401(k) plan or your individual retirement plan. Typically, this...

New Contribution Limits Of The Thrift Savings Plan

  Military personnel and federal employees can put hundreds of dollars more toward their retirement thanks to the rise in contribution Thrift Savings Plan limits.   The most that can be contributed to a TSP account is $18,500, which is...
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Military Service Members Overlooking Key Step While Enrolling In Blended Retirement System

It appears that more military service members are choosing the blended retirement system but overlooking an important step. That’s the word coming from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. According to the Director of the FRTIB’s Participant’s Services Tee Ramos,...
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9 Things The RSC Budget Is Tackling To Get Control Over Federal Deficit

The Republican Study Committee recently unveiled its yearly budget proposal – A Framework for Unified Conservatism – for the 2019 fiscal year. The proposal mirrors many recent Trump Administration and other legislative proposals to diminish the pay and benefits of...
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White House Stands Behind 2019 Pay Freeze

The fiscal budget proposal for 2019 put out by the White House on February 10th had some unpleasant tidings for employees of the federal government. The Trump Administration’s suggestion of a pay freeze was one of the most worrisome. For...
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Why Commodities Could Be A Secondary Investment Option To Your TSP Investment | Michael Wood

MICHAEL WOOD —The Thrift Savings Plans is a great investment option for people with stocks and bonds. However, if they have another investment account such as an IRA, holding onto some assets besides these can expand one’s wealth and offer...

TSP’s I Fund To See A Much Brighter Future With FRTIB’s Change

In November 2017, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board option to expand its I Fund, which included the following: small-capitalization businesses, emerging markets, and Canada. You can read the full plan by checking out their November meeting minutes. In a...
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Rural America’s Postal Service is Slowly Crumbling

Recently, President Donald Trump announced that there would be drastic cuts in federal retirement benefits that would affect current and future employees attempting to retire. Among other changes, the retirement system would take a $143.5 billion cut in funding. In the...

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