It’s been a busy last  few weeks.

Posts have been a bit light as I’ve spent my efforts on fighting a malware attack on the blog (more about this later).   This focused my time on the administrivia of running the Gubmints blog instead of providing good content.  But don’t worry- There’s plenty more to come.

I’ve been receiving lots of inquiries about how to calculate a Military Service Credit Deposit to ensure proper calculation of the FOUR Service Computation Dates for federal employees.    I decided to model the Gubmints SCD Audit service and pricing similar to the Service Record Audit that Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) provides to its members who are up for a promotion board (I had my service record audited prior to my O-5 board and was very happy with the Navy Service Record Audit provided by AUSN).

For those of you Feds who are Veterans, I’m offering a new service to calculate and/or Audit your Military Service Credit Deposit.  I’ll do this both for veterans with Full Retirement (20+ years Active Duty) or discharged Veterans with a DD-214.

You can find out more about the Military Service Credit Deposit audit service by clicking ‘SCD Audit‘ above in the Navigation Bar.  Feedback is always welcome!



Don't go work for this guy.Mmm- Yeah, I’m gonna have to ask you to save much more for retirement, okay?

Defined-Benefit Pension Programs (like your FERS Annuity and/or Military Retirement Pension) are headed the way of the Dodo Bird.  Here’s a recent example.

The State of California recently illustrated the difficulty of running a Defined-Benefit Pension program.   CALSTRS (the California State Retirement System) is a juggernaut of a pension fund that is designed to support almost 500,000 teachers, state employees, and municipal employees in retirement. Continue reading


New Military Retirement System is a Pyramid Scheme

Pentagon Brass, Congress,  Military Service lobbying agencies, and the supposed ‘watchdog’ press are all lauding the proposed ‘New’ Military Retirement System that blends the Thrift Savings Plan in with a slightly-reduced ‘cliff-vested’ pension at the completion of a 20-year military career.

Um, have any of you actually read this proposal and done the math?

Since this post might get read by high-ranking officials, I’ll dumb it down for you right now and give you the ‘Bottom Line Up  Front’ (BLUF) before doing a deep-dive in to the details.

Point #1 – Is this a good deal for Junior Enlisted?  No.   The ‘Hybrid’ retirement proposal gives them an IRA rollover check for a whopping $6704 at the end of a typical 5-Year first Enlistment Contract.

Point #2 – Is this a better deal for a 20-year Enlisted Career?  No.  A Career Soldier/Airman/Sailor/Marine has a shortfall of almost $4k/year in annual income at 20 years of service.

Point #3- Is this a better deal for a 20-year Officer Career?  No.  A 20-year Officer Career retirement check falls short by $3k per year.  (However, if the TSP returns more than 11% per year OR officers save more than 5 percent per year in salary deferrals then the ‘New’ Retirement System is a better deal for Officers).

Assumptions for above: 1) Salary inflation rate of 2% per year, 2) TSP rate of return is 6% per year (or 3 times the current G Fund rate), and, 3) Soldier TSP salary deferrals are enough to ‘max out’ Uncle Sam’s ‘TSP Match’.

What to conclude? Here’s my $.02:

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