Question 1258: Announcing My Retirement
I'm announcing my retirement from this column, after 20 years. I began answering questions about Railroad Retirement in 1997 at the request of Dave Baker, who had a web site about retirement benefits including pensions, 401(k) benefits, and Railroad Retirement -- a Federal program for rail workers and their families.
I worked for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board for 34 years, retiring in 1994 as the Director of its largest bureau. I wanted to continue helping rail workers and their families navigate the most complex retirement system -- public or private -- in the world.
During these 20 years, I have posted more than a thousand Q&A's in my column, and an estimated 5,000 duplicates that I have answered by direct e-mail.
A loyal following has developed. I appreciate that Dave Baker has given me the support and resources to continue my service to the railroad community.
Times have changed, and the Railroad Retirement Board has developed an excellent web site at https://www.rrb.gov, which you can use to find answers to questions about the Railroad Retirement System. I highly recommend using their web site.
I just turned 78. I think it's time to enjoy my retirement and my six grandchildren!
Very best regards,