Class aims to ease retirement angst

| August 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Registration deadline for both courses is Aug. 20

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs, News Release

FORT SHAFTER — Navigating the maze of civilian retirement can be daunting for even the most sophisticated employee. To ease the stress and confusion connected with the process, the U.S. Army-Pacific Civilian Workforce Development Branch will hold two free classes.

The Civil Service Retirement System and CSRS-offset federal employees class is Sept. 17. The class for Federal Employee Retirement System and Trans-FERS employees within 10 years of retirement is Sept. 20, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The scope of information will be the same for both groups.

Dr. Gerry White, chief, Civilian Workforce Development Branch, said the classes will simplify the retirement process and ease the anxiety the significant life change of retirement can cause. He encourages civilian employees to attend the classes.

“These classes are designed to help employees move confidently into the retirement chapter of their lives by learning how to identify federal health and life insurance benefits after retirement, as well as Social Security benefits, including Medicare, and how or whether your Social Security benefit will be affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision,” White said.

“(The instructor) will provide attendees at both sessions with what they need to make fully informed decisions about their retirement, including the major steps in the retirement application process,” White added.

Content will cover Social Security benefits; Medicare; Thrift Savings Plan withdrawal options; and financial, estate and life planning. The instructor will address how the basic annuity will be computed and what benefits will be payable to survivors. 

Classes are limited to 50 students and although all Pacific Command Department of Army civilian employees will be considered, USARPAC Department of the Army civilians will have first priority. 

On the Web: To apply for a class, e-mail a completed Standard Form 182 to gerry.white2@us.army.mil. The SF-182 is available at www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf182.pdf. Applications are due by Aug. 20, and should include the employee’s e-mail address and fax number.

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