Benefits Newsletters

Latest Newsletter: February, 2018

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 9:43am

When was the last time you checked the tax withholdings on your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for accuracy?  Confirming that state taxes are being withheld for the correct state is extremely important.  If you fail to make a state tax withholding election, the withholdings automatically default to the state of Maryland.  An address change from one state to another completed in myPay does not automatically change your state tax withholding.

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 9:47am

An employee will receive a lump-sum payment for any unused annual leave when he or she separates from Federal service or enters on active duty in the armed forces and elects to receive a lump-sum payment.

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 10:01am

The processing and termination of debt collections and wage garnishments that are generated by private and non-Federal sources are handled by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).   Some examples of these types of debts and garnishments are consumer debts, liens, child support, etc.  To discuss these collections and garnishments, you must contact DFAS directly at 888-332-7411.   Documents related to these collections/garnishments may be faxed to DFAS at 216-522-6960.   Additionally, documents may be mailed to DFAS at Garnishment Operations-HGA, P.O.

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 10:07am

If you pay into Social Security, there is a maximum amount of taxable earnings each year that is set by law.  For 2018, the maximum amount of taxable earnings is $128,400.   If you reach the maximum taxable amount before the end of the year, your Social Security taxes will normally stop for the remainder of the year.  However, if you have more than one employer in a year, each of your employers must withhold Social Security taxes from your wages without regard to what

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 10:13am

If you are beyond age 62 and still working, you will likely want to delay receiving your Social Security Benefits until you stop working OR reach your full retirement age to avoid being affected by the yearly earnings limit.  The earnings limit is the maximum salary you can earn in a year without it causing a reduction in your Social Security benefits.  If you are under your full retirement age fo

Thu, Feb 15th 2018, 10:18am

The official U.S. Government Medicare & You Handbook provides detailed information on Medicare.  You can also view information on what Medicare covers and other important information on the Medicare website. Questions may be directed to 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Past Benefits Newsletters

January, 2018

December, 2017

November, 2017