The Veterans Affairs hospital in Atlanta was downgraded to one star from three on the agency’s five-star scale, even though there had been only a “trivial change” in its quality data from the year before.  

Changes in a V.A. Hospital’s Star Rating May Say Little About Care Quality

By Dave Philipps, New York Times (Dave Philipps is a national correspondent covering veterans and the military and is a winner of

We offer a FREE retirement income report to any federal employee who requests it. The Federal Retirement Benefits Center is a group of financial professionals committed to helping federal employees plan for retirement. We feel that the earlier you map out your retirement income in relation to your projected expenses, the better prepared you will be. Our free report will compare your projected income and expenses until the age of 90. The consequences of not planning before leavi

Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA) have been somewhat modest during the past decade. There was no Social Security COLA in 2009, 2010, 2015 and only .3 % in 2016. Retirees that depend on Social Security benefits have limited sources of money to pay for living expenses, groceries, and health care. What happens when the adjustment just doesn't cover our actual cost of living?

Why Social Security’s annual increase doesn’t actually keep up with cost

Potential retirement expenses:

What you don’t expect, and do not plan for can cost you plenty

Richard Eller

You may think retirement income planning is easy. It should be simple and straightforward. After all, on a small piece of paper, you can write down your monthly income from your federal pension, Social Security (if you’re entitled to it), and the potential earnings from your TSP. Next to it, you can the

As a federal employee, to whom do you turn when you have questions about health benefits? Federal Employees that have questions about their overall benefits and retirement packages have an ally in the Federal Retirement Benefits Center, headed by Mr. Richard Eller. Since 1984, Mr. Eller has specialized in the retirement income planning area. Rich and his team have years of service and specialized training. Our vast experience working with Federal employees allows us to provide a retirement inco

Cost-of-Living Adjustment

Below we have a table depicting the Federal Retiree COLA history from 1999 through 2018. Cost of Living increases are measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are adjusted to reflect any increase in the cost of living. The cost-of-living adjustment protects the purchasing power of Social Security and SSI benefits.

We are offering free benefits education for Federal Employees. The Federal Retirement Benefits Center empowers people like yourself who are ready to plan for retirement.  We do this by offering educational programs that explain your benefits in detail, and clarify any points that will help you plan for your future. The Federal Retirement Help Group holds workshops, seminars, webinars and individual meetings.  We explain your benefits to you in a clear and easy to understand way. If you work

There may be some confusion when it comes to death benefits for federal employees. We are the Federal Retirement Benefits Center, financial professionals and educators who help you understand the benefits you have earned as a federal employee. We can answer questions you may have regarding benefits your beneficiaries will receive should you die while still in Federal service. We conduct Federal Retirement Workshops to explain the subtleties and intricacies of your benefits.  <

Complimentary Income Analysis

We encourage federal employees to obtain an employee Benefits Analysis in the retirement planning process.  The Federal Retirement Benefits Center, led by founder Rich Eller,  works with a team of Federal employee benefits experts. We provide education and guidance concerning your financial future, providing personal counseling  and a detailed income analysis prepared in an easily understood report. We encourage Federal Em

Complimentary Income Analysis

The Federal Retirement Benefits Center offers educational workshops and income analysis resulting in comprehensive retirement planning. Federal employees have very good benefits - get the most out of these benefits and start planning for retirement early. As federal employee benefits are unique and complex, our staff conduct educational benefits workshops that will explain how your benefits work. We have years of federal human r