Q: I have been on active-duty orders for the West Virginia National Guard since Nov. 8, 2009, in order to support the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) and the Critical Infrastructure Protection-Mission Assessments (CIP-MAAs). This executive order is the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) – 7. I am not in direct support of OEF, however, we provide domestic security duty. Can this period of time be credited toward my federal law enforcement career, which is now on hold? A: It will depend on the nature of the orders that led to your being called to active duty. You’ll need to share…
Monthly Archives: January, 2011
Q: I am employed in a law enforcement position and will face mandatory retirement in two years at age 57. If I seek employment between the ages of 57 and 62, will my Special Retirement Supplement be reduced if I exceed the earnings limit? A: Yes.
Q: I have 10 years of legislative branch service and 10 years of executive branch service, all under FERS. If I retire under the executive branch, do I still receive a 1.7 percent per year worked annuity for my legislative branch service? Or are all the years of legislative service treated the same as executive branch service and receive only a 1 percent per year worked annuity? A: Your legislative branch service will be computed using the enhanced formula; the remaining years will be computed using the standard formula.
Q: My father retired from the U.S. Postal Service with an annuity in the late 1980s. He passed in August of this year and the OPM retirement person says there are no survivor benefits except to a spouse or disabled child. My father was divorced and never remarried. I am his only child and not disabled. She explained that the annuity was paid out to my father during his life and would be prorated from the beginning of the month he received a check to the date of his death, a monthly health insurance deducted and no other funds are…
Q: I am a federal law enforcement agent covered under FERS. If I turn 57 at the end of January 20XX, can I work until the end of that year or do I have to retire at the end of the month when I turn 57? A: You will have to retire on the last day of the month in which you reach mandatory retirement age.
Q: I am a Postal worker and will have my 30 years on 04/30/2013. I am under the FERS system & will be 57 years old if I retire then. Can you explain about “supplemental Social Security” or something that makes up the difference of what I would receive if I were 62 years old? A: The special retirement supplement is intended to bridge the gap between the date on which you retire and age 62, when you’ll first be eligible for a Social Security benefit. You can do a paper and pencil estimate of what that might be by using a simple formula.…
Q: If I continue to work until I have actually worked 41 years and 11 months and I have accrued an additional 1,400 hours of sick leave, will I be paid for my sick leave? A: No, you won’t be paid for your unused sick leave. Those hours will be added to your creditable service and used to increase the amount of your annuity. The 80 percent limit only applies to an earned annuity.
Q: Why do spouses get a Social Security check along with their husbands when the spouses never worked a day to pay into it? A: Because that’s the law and has been since it was passed in 1935. While it was assumed that a single retiree or disabled worker could survive on a Social Security benefit, a family could not. Therefore, benefits were extended to the spouses and children of retired or disabled workers.
Q: Could you please tell me what year or when the law went into effect that states that overtime is not included when calculating a high-3? A: To the best of my knowledge, overtime has never been considered to be a part of base pay when computing an employee’s high-3.