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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Announcing My Retirement

(Posted October 23, 2017)

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, 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,

Bob Kaufman
Wheeling, Illinois

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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