Denied retirement pension


Q: Suppose a Civil Service Retirement System employee has over 30 years of federal service and is over age 55, and thus eligible for retirement and pension under CSRS. If this employee has not yet retired, are there any circumstances where the employee can be denied his retirement and pension? Similarly, are any adverse actions in existence that his office can carry out which have the impact of denying the employee his pension?

A: Yes. See 5 U.S. Code, Subchapter II, Forfeiture of Annuities and Retired Pay.


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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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