Part-time work


Q: Is it possible to go from full-time employment to part time for a few years and then retire (from that part-time position)? If so, are there problems for my full-time Federal Employees Retirement System retirement benefits? Otherwise, I guess I do what everyone else does: retire and take a part-time job. However, I like my agency and the work I’m doing.

A: Yes, you can retire from a part-time position; however, under current law, going part-time would significantly impact the amount of your annuity when you retire.

— Reg Jones


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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