Q. I am a FERS employee wanting to retire on Dec. 31, 2017, with 35 years of service and 425 hours of annual leave with which to take as a lump-sum payout. Since the pay period ends in and the actual pay date is in January 2018, will my payout be counted as income for 2017 or 2018?

Q. I’m a civilian employee and preparing to retire. My SF50 shows that I worked part time, 20 hours a pay period earlier in my career but was given 36 hours each pay period to work; however, I can’t prove I worked those hours because those leave and earnings statements are missing. How does one get copies of lost leave and earnings statements? A. You can get the information you need from the National Personnel Records Center. Go to www.archives.gov/st-louis, click on Civilian Personnel Records and follow the directions at that site.

The countdown to the end of the year is on. Some federal employees considering retirement may be eligible for either a postponed or deferred annuity. Postponed annuity A postponed annuity is an option for FERS employees who have reached their minimum retirement age and have at least 10 years of creditable service. However, if you retire under the MRA + 10 provision, there’s a hefty financial penalty. If you have fewer than 20 years of service, that penalty is 5 percent for every year (5/12 of 1 percent per month) that you are under age 62. If you have at…

Q. I will have 30 years in service on Aug. 8, 2018. I will apply for retirement under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) at that time and see where the dart hits the dartboard. I will be 49 years old (plus a few days) — young enough to perhaps move onto something else. Is there anything I should know?

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