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Q: I’m a FERS employee and work for a federal law enforcement agency in a covered position. As such, I will reach mandatory retirement at age 57 and I will have more than 30 years of service. My 57th birthday will be April 27, but I’ve recently heard I could work until the end of the year. I’ve always understood I would have to retire the end of the month that I turned 57. Could you clarify which would be correct?

A: What you recently heard was untrue. You have to retire no later than the last day of the month in which you reach age 57.


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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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