Benefits eligibility


Q: I worked for the Defense Department (Long Beach Naval Shipyard) from 1980 until 1990. I had a retirement fund which I paid into. When I left the shipyard in 1990, I took out my retirement fund in a lump sum. Am I eligible for any benefits from the government besides the retirement fund I paid into. I am now 63 years old. Can you explain to me how that works. Since I started working in 1980, I believe I must have been under the Civil Service Retirement System, I worked as a GS-4 for three years, then I transferred into a wage grade position: WG-10. Is there anything else I am eligible to receive?

A: Since you withdrew your retirement deductions, you aren’t eligble to receive any retirement benefits. Nor, as far as I am aware, are there any other benefits for which you would be eligible.


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  1. I worked for the Long Beach Naval shipyard from 1980 thru 1995 when they had a RIF and i chose to leave and was paid a severance when I elected not to go into the Personnel Placement program.
    What retirement benefits are available to me and where can I find out more information? I am currently 56 years old and am looking to retire soon.
    Thank you for your time.

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