Social Security eligibility


Q: I saw your answer to a letter to a CSRS recipient saying OPM will only check once to determine if they are eligible for a Social Security benefit. This is for a retirement before reaching age 62. What I would like to know is if this “checking” is during the year a person is 62 or on the day of their 62nd birthday, or whenever they “catch up” with checking on this, which could be years later? Also, and when they do this, is the person being checked on notified that they have done this “checking”?

A: As I said, OPM only checks once. It does that either at age 62, if you are already retired, or on the day you retire, if that’s on or after your 62nd birthday.


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