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October Newsletter: 2021 Federal Benefits Annual Open Season

Since the calendar now shows 17 October, evidently September is gone.  Happy (belated) New Year to my contracting and finance friends.  I spent last month in Maine with my daughter and three of my grandchildren.  It was great to be around family and also see the foliage I’ve missed for the past 25 years.  Pictures

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If “This” is Important, Why Am I Not Already Doing It?

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch This title is not intended to be a throw back to the trite “if it’s important, you’ll always find a way” fitspo quote.  I don’t believe in that, personally.  There’s so much that’s important, it can be overwhelming.  Life happens.  There are things we can’t control.  I selected

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Here’s What’s Up with Federal Benefits in July

Pinnacle Personnel Services LLC  |  Debbie Hatch   This year has been so odd.  It seems like it’s flying by – it’s July! – but it also feels like it’s already lasted for ten years already.  Just me? REMINDER:  taxes are due on the 15th.  If you haven’t done them yet (hello, mirror) you may

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Advice We Can Use: From an Octogenarian

Debbie Hatch  |  Pinnacle Personnel Services   I was scrolling through some past blogs earlier this morning and came across one I wrote back in June 2017. It’s as relevant today as it was then.     I had finished teaching in Altus, Oklahoma and was flying home to DC from Oklahoma City.  The woman

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Spring Cleaning Your Financial House

Pinnacle Personnel Services LLC  |  Debbie Hatch   Monday was Memorial Day, a day to remember our fallen; those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  It’s also typically the recognized start to summer so I might be a little late in talking about spring cleaning, but it feels relevant.   While it’s difficult

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Management of the Federal Government’s Thrift Savings Program

Pinnacle Personnel Services LLC  |  Debbie Hatch The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board was established as an independent agency of the US government by the Federal Employees Retirement System Act of 1986.   Five Presidential-appointed members, together with an executive director, all administer the TSP on behalf of the plan’s 5.9 million participants.  Once nominees

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Financial Assistance for Military Families

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch In the military with a recently unemployed spouse? Feeling the financial pinch of COVID-19? Officials with Army Emergency Relief (AER) said they’ve extended eligibility to any Title 10 Army Reserve or Title 10 or Title 32 Army National Guard soldier activated in support of COVID-19 relief.  The expansion gives

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What’s Up in April 2020?

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch One thing has remained constant – my coffee.  To be honest,  I’m struggling a little with this “working from home” stuff.  I have no schedule.  There’s no definitive time for me to work but – and maybe more importantly – there’s no definitive time to stop working.  Some

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Novel Coronavirus Positives

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch I’m not a “glass half-full” kinda girl but definitely not a “glass half-empty” either. I’m a, “I have a glass, and can fill it with whatever I have” person.  As a small business owner, I’ve lost 100% of my income for the months of April and May. As

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Market Response to COVID-19. Should I panic?

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch These are unprecedented times.  Worldwide people are learning terms like “social distancing” and “shelter in place”.  We’re (can I say “finally” without seeming like a jerk?) learning to wash our hands, cover our mouths when we cough, and stay home when we’re sick.  Although we’ve been told not to

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