Cancellation of retirement


Q. Can I cancel my FERS retirement application? Can I retract my retirement notification letter?

A. An agency must accept your withdrawal of a retirement application unless it has a valid reason for turning you down, which it must provide in writing. For example, someone has already been selected to fill your position or your position is being abolished and no other position exists at your pay and/or grade in the local commuting area for which you are qualified.


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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


  1. i recently mailed my retirement package and wanted to cover all the bases, is it possible to rescind a retirement once its mailed what’s the process for rescinding

    • You can rescind your retirement before it is finalized by OPM; however, if your position has eliminated or someone else has been selected or hired to fill it, you may not have a job to go back to.

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